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    navi Guest

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    Which is correct:
    1-I am away from home for the holidays.
    2-I am away from home during the holidays.
    3-I am away from home for December.
    4-I am away from home during December.

    It is December now and our holidays are now.

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    all are fine, although 'for' might be better to indicate that i am away at this very moment

    'i am away during the holidays' could be talking about some future point in time that hasn't necessarily occurred yet
    Last edited by AintFoolin; 21-Dec-2004 at 02:33.

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    It also depends on the length of the holiday- is it all or part of December?

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    Thanks Aintfoolin and Tdol.
    The two sets were supposed to be independant, so the kength of the holiday is not really an issue.

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    Ok.

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    Default Re: for/during

    Dear
    The four sentences are grammatically correct, I think there is a slight difference in their meanings concerning the use of "during, for":

    Generally "during" is used to say when something happens; "for" answers the question "how long?" e.g. I stayed in London for a week.
    In sentence #1 which is, "for" is not used to show a length of time, rather it is used to show that something is arranged to happen at a particular time.
    In sentence #2 "during" gives the meaning of = all through a period of time.
    The same explanation is applied to sentences #3 &4

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