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    during the period of economic recession/in economic recessions

    1. People from every walk of life need to work harder to make a profit during the period of economic recession. (I wrote it.)
    2. People from every walk of life need to work harder to make a profit in economic recessions. (My teacher's version)

    Are the two sentences both correct? My teacher said that “during the period of economic recession” is wrong, and it should be “in economic recessions” like sentence 2. However, I looked up the word “recession” in the Yahoo Dictionary, it has such an example-His factory closed down during the period of economic recession. Is my teacher wrong? Is there any difference between sentence 1 and 2? Thanks!

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    Re: during the period of economic recession/in economic recessions

    Which period of economic recession are you referring to?
    Your teacher's version refers to recessions in general. "During" is as good as "in". The teacher's sentence makes sense as a stand alone sentence, while yours doesn't.
    You could have written, "during this period of economic recession" or "during periods of economic recession" or "People needed ... during the recession" (if the particular recession has already been made clear.

    Your teacher isn't wrong, but it depends on the intended meaning.
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    Re: during the period of economic recession/in economic recessions

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Which period of economic recession are you referring to?
    Your teacher's version refers to recessions in general. "During" is as good as "in". The teachers sentence makes sense as a stand alone sentence, while yours doesn't.
    You could have written, "during this period of economic recession" or "during periods of economic recession" or "People needed ... during the recession" (if the particular recession has already been made clear.
    Your teacher isn't wrong, but it depends on the intended meaning.
    What I want to express is recessions in general. So, dose sentence 1 refer to a specific period?

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    Re: during the period of economic recession/in economic recessions

    Yes, sentence 1 does refer to a specific period.

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    Re: during the period of economic recession/in economic recessions

    Alternatively, using the singular, you can say:
    ...during an economic recession.
    ...in the event of an economic recession.
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