English Lesson: During Vs. While

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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?

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