For vs. During

We use 'for' and 'during' to indicate time but there are differences between them. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

"For" vs. "During" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'for' and 'during' is that 'for' is used to say when an action or event occurs while 'during' is used to talk about actions and events that happened within a time period.

Talking about Duration

'For' is used to talk about the duration of the occurrence of an action or event. Have a look:

I have known him for seven years.

He was in the hospital for a week.

Talking about a Time Period

'During' is used when we are sharing extra information about actions and events within a time period. We also use it to say how long an action or event lasts. For example:

He was in the hospital during the summer.

What did you do during the winter break.

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