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Language Refresher 65: During vs In

Grammar-Quizzes.com gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘during’ and ‘in’

 

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(a) DURING – EMPHASIS ON ACTIVITY DURATION

-During expresses a period or range of time  (also, “over”, from X to Y, “throughout”).

ex. We are on vacation during July

-After a verb that focuses on an activity, “during” is used to indicate a period or range of time for the activity. The meaning of the verb expresses a durative action or state.  Using present perfect tense with “during” is awkward.

ex. We had a great time during our stay there.

We had a great time in our stay there. (incorrect) 

 

(b) IN – EMPHASIS ON EXACTLY WHEN

-In specifies a “calendar” time, which may be as small as a moment or as large as a century.

Ex. We are on vacation in July.

-After a verb that focuses on an activity, “in” sounds awkward when indicating a period or range of time for the activity.

Ex. We stayed there in July, not in August.

 We stayed there during July, not during August. (incorrect) 

 

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