View Poll Results: We spoke ____ the coffee break.

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  • while

    141 13.42%
  • during

    893 84.97%
  • Either

    17 1.62%
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Thread: While\During

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    #11

    Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by gx90t View Post
    but what is EITHER???

    Thanks
    Do you mean the definition and how to use it?

    Either can be adverb, determiner, pronoun or conjunction.
    Normally we use either in negative sentences instead of too, or also.

    Ex: I don't eat pork and my wife doesn't either.

    Besides, people will use either with or whilst neither with nor.

    Ex: Either she goes or I go.
    Neither of them did it.



    So either at the poll means, neither of them are correct for you...
    Last edited by Eden Darien; 24-Jun-2009 at 17:55.


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    #12

    Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by gx90t View Post
    but what is EITHER???
    Quote Originally Posted by gx90t View Post

    Thanks
    I can simply say: during + noun or noun phrase
    while + sentence or verbal clause
    We enjoyed ourselves during the vacation
    We enjoyed ourselves while we were on vacation

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    #13

    Re: While\During

    yup, i was right, its during

    ' we had important things to talk about but couldn't due to work. Taking this as a golden opurtunity, we spoke during the cofee break. '

    Can this example explain it well?
    Please point out if there is any mistakes, thanks.


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    #14

    Re: While\During

    we spoke during the coffee break ..
    can we say :
    we spoke while the coffee was burning ?

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    #15

    Re: While\During

    While I have no objection to polls on matters on which even educated natives may disagree, and have myself voted in one or two, there is no possibility of any such disagreement regarding this simple, grammatical choice.

    The only correct answer is 'during' - and there's and end to it!


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    #16

    Re: While\During

    I couldn't choose. I think we need a continuous tense because both show us a period of time.


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    #17

    Re: While\During

    Iam choosing during , is that right?

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    #18

    Re: While\During

    Quote Originally Posted by mariah19 View Post
    Iam choosing during , is that right?
    Yes, it is. And it's NOT a matter of opinion!!


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    #19

    Re: While\During

    Thanks alot

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    #20

    Re: While\During

    During refers to a particular (fixed) time, while practically implies simultaneous activities. Right?

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