Thread: We are on vacation during/in July

1. We are on vacation during/in July

1. We are on vacation during July.

2. We are on vacation in July.

3. The sea was warm during the summer.

4. The sea was warm in the summer.

What is the difference between during and in in the above sentences?

2. Re: We are on vacation during/in July

Originally Posted by Winwin2011
1. We are on vacation during July.

2. We are on vacation in July.

3. The sea was warm during the summer.

4. The sea was warm in the summer.

What is the difference between during and in in the above sentences?

No appreciable difference.

3. Re: We are on vacation during/in July

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
No appreciable difference.
Thanks Mike

The followings are quoted from:

During / In: duration vs. exact time
DURING - EMPHASIS ON ACTIVITY DURATION
During expresses a period or range of time (also, "over", from X to Y, "throughout").

IN -EMPHASIS ON EXACTLY WHEN
Inspecifies an exact "calendar" time, which may be as small as a momentor as large as a century

Do you think we need not to distinguish the said differences?

4. Re: We are on vacation during/in July

Originally Posted by Winwin2011
Thanks Mike

The followings are quoted from:

During / In: duration vs. exact time
DURING - EMPHASIS ON ACTIVITY DURATION
During expresses a period or range of time (also, "over", from X to Y, "throughout").

IN -EMPHASIS ON EXACTLY WHEN
Inspecifies an exact "calendar" time, which may be as small as a momentor as large as a century

Do you think we need not to distinguish the said differences?
In many cases,we do. In your examples, the "exact calendar time" was was a month and season. For me, the meanings of both sentences in the two pairs were the same.

5. Re: We are on vacation during/in July

I have to say that 1 and 2 seem different to me. For #1 the vacation lasts the entire month. For #2 we can only know the vacation takes place at some time in July.

6. Re: We are on vacation during/in July

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
I have to say that 1 and 2 seem different to me. For #1 the vacation lasts the entire month. For #2 we can only know the vacation takes place at some time in July.
One could read it that way.

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