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    in the space of / during

    Is there a difference in meaning between those, for example "in the space of 10 minutes" or "during ten minutes"?

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    Re: in the space of / during

    Hi alikim

    I'm not sure that it's a question of meaning, rather a question of usage.

    As a NES (UK), I would have no problem with:
    "I explained the problem to him and, within the space of 10 minutes, he had an excellent solution"
    The same sentence wouldn't work, for me, written as:
    "I explained the problem to him and, during 10 minutes, he had an excellent solution"

    Hope this helps
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    Re: in the space of / during

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    The same sentence wouldn't work, for me, written as:
    "I explained the problem to him and, during 10 minutes, he had an excellent solution"
    I guess my question in regards to your example would be "Why doesn't it work with during here?"
    Last edited by alikim; 27-Mar-2011 at 09:01.

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    Re: in the space of / during

    Hi alikim

    Apologies, it's a logical follow-on question, but difficult to explain the subtlety,

    I had hoped to explain it via:
    during - definition of during by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    dur·ing (drng, dyr-)prep.
    1. Throughout the course or duration of: suffered food shortages during the war.
    2. At some time in: was born during a blizzard.

    1. It was at some specific point during the 10 minutes that he came up with the idea - i.e. not throughout the period.
    2. "... , during the 10 minute tea break, he came up with an excellent solution" would work, whereas "during 10 minutes" wouldn't (for me).

    Sorry I can't give a more satisfactory response on this occasion.
    Can anyone else help?

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