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    Default While\During

    What's the difference?

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    while = during the time that it happened
    during = while it was going on

    :)

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    Default Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    What's the difference?

    RonBee is hilariously :D

    Me thinks, but have no(ught) proof, 'during' modifies things and 'while' modifies actions:

    During our stay (thing)
    While we were out (action)

    During the coffee break (thing)
    While we had our coffee (action)

    Cas :D

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    My point (I think) was that while the words can be used to mean the same thing, one cannot be used in place of the other. One interesting thing is that in defining one word you almost have to use the other.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    My point (I think) was that while the words can be used to mean the same thing, one cannot be used in place of the other. One interesting thing is that in defining one word you almost have to use the other.

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    Yup. I know exactly what you mean. It's like trying to explain the Perfect without using Perfect verbs forms. Uh-huhn. :D

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    Default Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    What's the difference?

    RonBee is hilariously :D

    Me thinks, but have no(ught) proof, 'during' modifies things and 'while' modifies actions:

    During our stay (thing)
    While we were out (action)

    During the coffee break (thing)
    While we had our coffee (action)

    Cas :D
    Your definition is right- during is a presposition and while is a conjunction.

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    Smile Re: While\During

    Got it wright !

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    Default Re: While\During

    During >>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<

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    Default Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by ][MojaziF][ View Post
    Got it wright !

    almost but not quite! (w)right!

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    Default Re: While\During

    but what is EITHER???

    Thanks

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