Let’s have a look at the difference between during and while. It was cold during the day today. During work, I looked out the window and noticed people were carrying umbrellas while walking on the street. It wasn’t raining early in the morning while I was walking to the office, but it started raining hard during the afternoon while I was teaching my classes.
The words during and while can be confusing for a lot of English learners. 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 an ING verb (gerund) 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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