While & During

Summary: What is the difference between 'while' and 'during'?

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First Published: 12th Dec. 2006 | Last Edited: 25th Jan. 2019

During is a preposition, so it goes with a noun phrase:

  • I met her during the summer holidays.

While is a conjunction, so it goes with a verb phrase:

  • I met here while I was on holiday in Italy.

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