English Lesson: During vs While

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It was warm during the day today. During work, I looked out the window and noticed people were carrying their jackets while walking on the street. It wasn’t so warm early in the morning while I was walking my dog, but it got really warm during the afternoon while I was teaching my classes.

The words during and while can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above and check today’s lesson. There are two basic rules you need to follow:

Rule #1: During

We use during + [something], and that [something] is usually a noun, like this:

  • It was warm during the day.
  • During work, I don’t use my cell phone.
  • During the summer, I like to go sailing.

Rule #2: While

We use while + [action], and that [action] is usually a verb or a sentence, like this:

  • While walking on the street, people were carrying their jackets
  • I don’t use my cell phone while I am working.
  • It got really warm during the afternoon while I was teaching my classes.

If you can remember these two rules, you’ll be in good shape. Here is one more expression to keep in mind. We say during the week but on the weekend:

  • I work during the week, so my only chance to go shopping is on the weekend.

What do you do during the week? How about on the weekend? Leave a comment below.

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