during

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during is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
during

Pronunciation[change]

Preposition[change]

Preposition
during

  1. If you do something during something else, you do it at the same time.
    • He often reads during dinner.
    • I'm always tired because I work during the night.

Usage notes[change]

  • During tells you when something happens, not how long it takes. Compare:
    • He read during dinner. (but we don't know how long he slept)
    • He read for two hours. (but we don't know when he slept)
  • During doesn't take -ing (present participial) complements. Compare:
    • He read during dinner. (dinner is a noun phrase object)
    • He read while eating dinner. (eating dinner is a present participial complement)

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