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    Can' I use "during" here?

    There is often such a sentence with a word missing in our English exam.
    Shall we talk about it ________ a cup of coffee/dinner?
    A. during B. over
    And the answer is "over". I can't find the difference between the two words in this meaning in the dictionary.
    My question is---Can't I use "during" here? Why? Is it just a language habit or what?

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    Re: Can' I use "during" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    There is often such a sentence with a word missing in our English exam.
    Shall we talk about it ________ a cup of coffee/dinner?
    A. during B. over
    And the answer is "over". I can't find the difference between the two words in this meaning in the dictionary.
    My question is---Can't I use "during" here? Why? Is it just a language habit or what?
    You can use 'during dinner'. 'Dinner' here obviously means dinnertime. But 'during a cup of coffee' sounds strange because we don't use "cup of coffee" as a time phrase.
    'Over' works with both phrases.

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