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For, During or While?

During no time period. While two actions. For with time period.

A man is using a phone while the flood water around him is rising.

For the last two days it has been raining. During that time the water level rose. While the water was rising Pedro spoke with his family on the phone.

• During my holiday I met a nice bull.
• The kitten fell asleep while eating its dinner.
• We have been waiting for two hours for him to catch some fish.

Remember: During no time period. While  two actions. For with a time period.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: During no time period. While two actions. For with a time period.

    Use during, while or for to complete each sentence.

    Remember: During no time period. While two actions. For with a time period.

    Use during, while or for to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 2

    Remember: During no time period. While two actions. For with a time period.

    Use during, while or for to complete each sentence.

    Remember: During no time period. While two actions. For with a time period.

    Use during, while or for to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Use during, while, for or when to complete each sentence.

    Use during, while, for or when to complete each sentence.

  • Remember: During no time period. While two actions. For with a time period.

    During her interview her manager was called away. While he was away she smashed his laptop. He was only gone for a few minutes, but during this time she did a lot of damage.

     

  • During
    We use during + noun to say when something happens. We don’t write a period of time with it. (1:45)

    While
    We use while + subject + verb to talk about two things that happen at the same time. The events don’t have to continue for the same length of time, but they can. (3:15)

    For
    We use for + a period of time to say how long something happens. (3:15)

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