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    during vs while

    (A)We stayed one night in this hotel while visiting Paris.
    (B) We stayed one night in this hotel during visiting Paris.

    I understand the sentence (B) is considered as incorrect.
    I also know "during" is followed by a noun and "while" is by a clause.
    But in case of (B), if "visiting" is a gerund acting as a noun, why is it incorrect?

    In addition, how about the following examples?
    Is it incorrect either?

    We stayed one night in this hotel during the visiting of Paris.

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    Re: during vs while

    Is it really functioning as a noun? It's a reduced form of 'we were visiting' to me.

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    Re: during vs while

    I can't see how it is acting as a noun either.

    B) would have to read "during our visit to Paris", I would have said.

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