Gramática: For, During and While
- How to use during
During is a preposition which is used before a noun (during + noun) to say when something happens. It does not tell us how long it happened.
"Nobody spoke during the meeting."
"We don’t get any snow here in Valencia during the winter."
"During my childhood I lived on a farm."
- How to use while
When is used to talk about two things that are happening at the same time.
The length of time is not important. Remember that while is used with a subject and a verb (while + subject + verb).
"The phone rang while (or when) I was having a shower."
"I met my girlfriend while (or when) we were travelling in South America."
"I’ll speak to you when (not XwhileX) I finish my work."
- How to use for
For is a preposition which is used with a period of time to say how long something goes on:
"We’ve been podcasting for 2 months."
"I’ve been living in Valencia for 16 years."
"Reza has been teaching English for 20 years."
"Craig has known Reza for a while" (un rato)
Vocabulary Corner: Travel words
Trip (countable noun) / travel (is an
uncountable noun and a verb)
Can you pick up that box for me, it’s
very heavy. (literal)
How are you? – I’m fine
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