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!