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    while / during

    Hello everyone,

    When I have to use "while" and when "during"?

    Examples:

    1a.) While the summer I stayed on a farm in Tuscany.
    1b.) During the summer I stayed on a farm in Tuscany.

    2a.) I learned Italian during I was there.
    2b.) I learned italian while I was there.

    Which of these sentence is correct and why.
    I don't understand this

    Kind regards,
    Dany

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    Re: while / during

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello everyone,

    When I have to use "while" and when "during"?

    Examples:

    1a.) While the summer I stayed on a farm in Tuscany.
    1b.) During the summer I stayed on a farm in Tuscany.

    2a.) I learned Italian during I was there.
    2b.) I learned italian while I was there.

    Which of these sentence is correct and why.
    I don't understand this


    Kind regards,
    Dany
    This should help you.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/articles/during-while.html

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    Re: while / during

    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode

    Hello X Mode,

    I think that I have understand this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here it is used "during", because it is refer to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here it is used "while", because it is refer to "on holiday" (correct?)

    Thanks :D


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    If you don't mind some minor corrections:

    I think that I have understood this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here "during" is used, because it refers to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met her while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here "while" is used, because it refers to "on holidays" (correct?)

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    If you don't mind some minor corrections:

    I think that I have understood this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here "during" is used, because it refers to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met her while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here "while" is used, because it refers to "on holidays" (correct?)

    FRC

    Thanks for your corrections :D

    Dany


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    Everybody makes mistakes and typos ;)

    FRC

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    Re: while / during

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode

    Hello X Mode,

    I think that I have understand this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here it is used "during", because it is refer to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here it is used "while", because it is refer to "on holiday" (correct?)

    Thanks :D
    The sentences are correct, but I would just add this:

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here "while" is used because it refers to "on holiday" (correct?)


    Here, "while" is used because a clause, which has a verb, follows it. We can use "while" this way because it is a conjunction. A conjunction joins clauses. The UsingEnglish link calls it a "verb phrase", but the result is the same.

    A noun or a noun phrase follows "during", which functions as a preposition.

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    Re: while / during

    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode

    Hello X Mode,

    I think that I have understand this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here it is used "during", because it is refer to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here it is used "while", because it is refer to "on holiday" (correct?)

    Thanks :D
    The sentences are correct, but I would just add this:

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here "while" is used because it refers to "on holiday" (correct?)


    Here, "while" is used because a clause, which has a verb, follows it. We can use "while" this way because it is a conjunction. A conjunction joins clauses. The UsingEnglish link calls it a "verb phrase", but the result is the same.

    A noun or a noun phrase follows "during", which functions as a preposition.
    WHAT ???
    NOW I UNDERSTAND PRECISELY NOTHING !!!!

    IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME


    H E L P ! ! ! ! !

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    Re: while / during

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode

    Hello X Mode,

    I think that I have understand this.

    I met her during the summer holidays.
    Here it is used "during", because it is refer to "the summer" (correct?)

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here it is used "while", because it is refer to "on holiday" (correct?)

    Thanks :D
    The sentences are correct, but I would just add this:

    I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.
    Here "while" is used because it refers to "on holiday" (correct?)


    Here, "while" is used because a clause, which has a verb, follows it. We can use "while" this way because it is a conjunction. A conjunction joins clauses. The UsingEnglish link calls it a "verb phrase", but the result is the same.

    A noun or a noun phrase follows "during", which functions as a preposition.
    WHAT ???
    NOW I UNDERSTAND PRECISELY NOTHING !!!!

    IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME


    H E L P ! ! ! ! !

    What don't you understand?

    I think someone else will have to pick it up from here.

    TDOL?

    Casiopea?

    Anyone?


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    Here, "while" is used because a clause, which has a verb, follows it. We can use "while" this way because it is a conjunction. A conjunction joins clauses. The UsingEnglish link calls it a "verb phrase", but the result is the same.

    I met her + while + I was on holiday in Italy.

    = Clause + while(conjuction) + Clause [X Mode version]

    = Verb Phrase + while(conjuction) + Verb Phrase [UE's version]

    Does that help? :D


    All the best,
    Anyone 8)

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