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During, in and for

During means from the beginning to the end of a particular period of time.

  • It rained during the night.
  • There was not even a whisper during the whole service.

During can also be used to talk about things that happened continuously or several times between the beginning and the end of a period of time.

  • I used to visit him during my stay in Boston.
  • The baby woke up several times during the night.
During and For

During is used to say when something happens; for is used to say how long it lasts.

  • It rained for three hours.
  • It rained during the night.
  • I was sleeping during the service.
  • The service lasted for more than three hours.
  • I don't remember the exact date, but it was during the winter.
During and In

We use both during and in to say that something happens inside a particular period of time.

  • I woke up during/in the night.
  • It rained during/in the week.

We prefer during when we stress that we are talking about the whole of the period. In cannot be used like this.

  • There was not even a whisper during the whole service. (NOT … in the whole service.)
  • We were on holiday during the whole of May.
Category: Problem Points | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-04-26)
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