During, in and for

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

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.

During and For

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

During and In

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

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

Exercise

Complete the following sentences using during, in or for.

1. I woke up several times -------------- the night. (during / for)

2. I went to Kerala ------------------- the Diwali holidays. (in / during)

3. He was in hospital --------------------- the winter. (during / for)

4. I was in Kerala ---------------------- six days. (during / for)

5. The manager has agreed to see you ---------------- a few minutes ------------ the evening. (during, for / for, during)

6. We were on holiday --------------- December. (in / during)

7. I met him ----------------- the afternoon. (during / in / for)

8. The shop was closed ------------------- the whole of December. (during / in / for)

9. I met him ---------------- my holidays in Canada. (during / in)

10. I will phone you ---------------- the meeting. (during / in)

Answers

1. I woke up several times during the night.

2. I went to Kerala during the Diwali holidays.

3. He was in hospital during the winter.

4. I was in Kerala for six days.

5. The manager has agreed to see you for a few minutes during the evening.

6. We were on holiday in / during December.

7. I met him in / during the afternoon.

8. The shop was closed during the whole of December.

9. I met him during my holidays in Canada.

10. I will phone you during the meeting.

See Also

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Dead and died: differences New!
Definite article or indefinite article - what to use?
Different New!
Dress New!
Double negatives
Due to and owing to
Due to, owing to, because of and on account of
During
During, in and for