This may seem like a simple topic, but it’s really not. Before, after, during, and while can all be used to talk about events, and but the grammar rules for these words is a little different. Even though the meaning of before, after, during, and while is pretty basic, I’ve noticed that a lot of English learners have trouble with the grammar regarding how to use them. So, for today’s English lesson, let’s check out how we can use these four words.
Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:
- Before dinner, I washed my hands. Before dinner. Dinner is a noun.
- I washed my hands before eating dinner. Before eating. Eating is a gerund.
- Before I ate dinner, I washed my hands. Before I ate. I ate is a subject and verb.
- After dinner, I did the dishes. After dinner.
- I did the dishes after eating dinner. After eating.
- After I ate dinner, I did the dishes. After I ate.
- While eating dinner, I watched the news on TV. While eating.
- While I ate dinner, I watched the new on TV. While I ate.
- During dinner, we don’t watch TV. During dinner.
- I learned a lot during my English class. During my English class.
- During the meeting, the CEO talked for way too long! During the meeting.
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