#GRAMMARTRIVIA: The Use of ‘For, During and While’

Howdy, fellas! How’s your Monday going? It’s positively nice, isn’t it? :)

Anyway, I’d like to discuss a bit of grammar now, which is about the use of ‘For, During and While’. Here we go! #GrammarTrivia

We use FOR + a period of time to say HOW LONG something goes on: FOR two hours, FOR a week, FOR ages. #GrammarTrivia

“We watched television FOR two hours last night.” | “Victoria is going away FOR a week in September.” #GrammarTrivia

We use DURING + noun to say when something happens (NOT how long): DURING the film, DURING our holiday. #GrammarTrivia

“I fell asleep DURING the film.” | “We met a lot of people DURING our holiday.” #GrammarTrivia

With a ‘time word’ (for example, ‘the morning’ / ’the afternoon’ / ‘the summer’), we can usually say IN or DURING. #GrammarTrivia

For example, “I will phone you sometime DURING the afternoon.” (or…IN the afternoon.) #GrammarTrivia

We CANNOT say DURING to say ‘how long’ something goes on. Study the following example. #GrammarTrivia

“It rained FOR three days without stopping.” (NOT ‘during three days’) #GrammarTrivia

Compare DURING and FOR: “I fell asleep DURING the film. I was asleep FOR half an hour.” #GrammarTrivia

As I’ve said previously, we use DURING + noun. For example, “I fell asleep DURING the film.” #GrammarTrivia

However, we use WHILE + subject + verb. For example, “I fell asleep WHILE I was watching the film. #GrammarTrivia

Therefore, that is how we use ‘For, During and While’ in a sentence. I hope this short discussion helps you. #GrammarTrivia

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Source: English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press).

Compiled by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on December 8, 2014.

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