English Lesson: During Vs For Vs In

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During the summer I like to sail. I started sailing about four years ago and so I still consider myself to be a beginner. Since I live in New York, the sailing season only lasts for six months. In May, the boats are put in the water and sometime in October they are taken out for winter storage. In the middle of the summer there it is hot and humid, and there isn’t much wind. The best times to sail here are during the beginning and the end of the season.

Today we will look at during, for, and in. These words can sometimes be confusing. Do you know how to use them? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

We use during when we want to talk about when something happens:

  • During the summer I like to sail.
  • Tom fell asleep during the meeting.
  • I can’t use my cell phone during work.

We use for when we want to talk about how long something lasts:

  • The season only lasts for six months.
  • Even though the meeting was for just thirty minutes, Tom fell asleep.
  • I’m usually away from my phone for eight hours

We can use during or in to say that something happens in a certain time period:

  • The kids are home from school during August.
  • The kids are home from school in August.

Note that we usually use during with expressions like during the week, during the month, during the year, during the 1990’s:

  • I am too busy during the week to go to the gym.
  • Several times during the year I like to go for a long drive.

We can use either during or in for time periods like the morning, the afternoon, the evening:

  • ·  I am usuall busy in the morning.
  • ·  I am usually busy during the morning.

Note also that say during the week, but on the weekend:

  • I usually go to the gym on the weekend.
    • (Not, I usually go to the gym during the weekend)
    • (Not, I usually go to the gym in the weekend)

I am usually too busy on the weekend to write these lessons, but I had some free time during the afternoon on Sunday, so here we are! I hope this was helpful. By the way, what do you usually do during the summer?

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