View Poll Results: I worked there ___ the summer.

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    Default In\During

    Are they the same?

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    Default Re: In\During

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Are they the same?
    No, they are not, but it can be a bit tricky. During refers to what happened while a certain amount of time has passed. In focuses more on the specific amount of time that has passed.

    Examples:

    • He did it during the summer.
      He did it in five hours.


    In the first sentence, we are given a vague idea of when the activity took place. In the second sentence, we are told exactly how long the activity lasted.

    How did I do, Teach?

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    'During' means that it didn't last all summer, in contrast to 'for the summer, etc, but 'in' would mean much the same to me. I might try to suggest that 'during' is longer, but I'm not entirely convinced.

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    It might be an AE/BE difference.

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    AE/BE....again? faint~
    it's not a good excuse

    i still wonder that which one is longger?
    i tought they are same~

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    Default Re: In\During

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Are they the same?

    I worked there during summer.
    -->meaning in summer,I worked there for a period of time, not the whole summer.

    If I'd like to put the preposition 'in' in this sentence, I think it should be,
    I worked there in the summer time.
    -->meaning I worked there for an entire summer time.

    Is that right?

    sabrina

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    Default Re: In\During

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Are they the same?

    I worked there during summer.
    -->meaning in summer,I worked there for a period of time, not the whole summer.

    If I'd like to put the preposition 'in' in this sentence, I think it should be,
    I worked there in the summer time.
    -->meaning I worked there for an entire summer time.

    Is that right?

    sabrina
    I worked there in the summer. [It was summer when I worked there. No duration is discussed].
    I worked there during the summer. [It was summer when I worked there. A duration is suggested (activity over time) but the length of time is not specified.]

    These two could be exactly the same, but "during" suggests a longer period than "in".

    If the speaker worked there all summer, then "for the summer" would be more precise. :wink:

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    Default Re: In\During

    Thank you very much, Expert Mike.

    I'll file at my notebook that "during" may suggest a longer period than "in"

    :D sabrina :D

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    Default Re: In\During

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Thank you very much, Expert Mike.

    I'll file at my notebook that "during" may suggest a longer period than "in"

    :D sabrina :D
    You're welcome, Sabrina. :wink:

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    Mike, you are always creditable!

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