English Lesson: During, For, & While

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My dog Happy is getting older. She sleeps a lot more now during the day than she used to. I think she sleeps for five or six hours. Did you know that it is a bad idea to bother a dog while it is sleeping? Happy always looks so cute and peaceful while she is sleeping, but she will get really angry if I disturb her. Since she spends time with me at the Happy English office, I can work without her bothering me during her naps.

During, while and for have some similar uses and are often confused. Do you know the difference? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson.

We use during when we want to talk about a point in time when something happens. The structure is during + noun:

  • 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 structure is for + time period

  • 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 use while when we want to talk about an action when something happens. The structure is while + Ving or while + S + Ving

  • Please don’t drink while driving!
  • While we were having a meeting, Tom fell asleep.
  • I can’t use my cell phone while I am working.

Well, while I was writing this lesson, Happy finally woke up. Now it’s time for her dinner!

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