It was raining during the day, so I didn’t feel like going out. I had a relaxing morning, just me and Happy hanging out on the sofa. Then, while I was having lunch, I started thinking about today’s lesson, and I realized that some of my students get confused with during and while. How about you?
Take a look at the opening paragraph above, and you notice I used both during and while:
- It was raining during the day.
- Then, while I was having lunch, I started thinking about today’s lesson.
During is used when we refer to certain time periods:
- The Beatles were very popular during the 1960’s
- During his life, Edison invented many useful objects.
- I can’t use my cell phone during work.
While is used when we refer to certain actions:
- While I was eating lunch, I read my book.
- Please don’t drink while driving!
- I can’t use my cell phone while I am working.
By the way, when we talk about the time period of Monday to Friday, we can say during the week:
- I work during the week, so my only chance to play golf is on the weekend.
Note, we say during the week but on the weekend.
I hope this is helpful.I will be thinking of more English lessons during the afternoon. By the way, what do you during the week?