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    During/at/in

    Which do you think is best: during, at, or in?

    "Supporting a seriously ill individual means: being close to him during/at/in a difficult time, treating him with respect, taking his fears and concerns seriously."

    I don't think "in" is correct, but I don't see much of a difference in meaning between "during" and "at."

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    #2

    Re: During/at/in

    I agree with you, Jasmine.

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    #3

    Re: During/at/in

    I couldn`t say I agree with you. If you say during, I don`t know, it has to do with something more specific and a short period of time. For example, During a lesson.

    I wouldn`t use in a difficult time.

    I prefer AT because it has a more flexible meaning. It includes both IN and DURING.

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    #4

    Re: During/at/in

    hi,

    You could also consider "through"

    Please check the following link it might help.

    http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/?q=5314084


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    Re: During/at/in

    I think there is no best choice from "during, at, in", the possible choice is "on".
    what do you think if I replace "during/at/in a difficult time" by "every difficult time". I think my replacement is the best expression in this case.
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    #6

    Re: During/at/in

    "At" is probably the best option. Interestingly, if one were to talk about difficult times, "in" would be the best fit:

    They and their family members shouldn’t feel left alone in difficult times.

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