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    #1

    Difference of time preposition in and during

    Teachers, please help me. I really need it badly. Thanks so much.

    What is the difference between this two sentences?


    World War II took place during the 1940's.

    World War II took place in the 1940's.


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    #2

    Re: Difference of time preposition in and during

    Hi, Jhon.


    Nothing. The semantics (the meaning that you 'get' from a string of words, not necessarily the 'actual' meanings of each of the words in that string of words) of the two sentences are the same. Grammatically, the difference is the two prepositions, 'during' and 'in.' 'During' has DURATION: something happened 'across' a period of time (the '40's). 'In' tells you that something (the War) happened within ('inside') a given period, the '40's. Note that the preposition 'in'
    is being used here specifically in respect of time. When you say, 'I put the apple in the box,' the preposition 'in' is being used to indicate position, not time.

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    #3

    Re: Difference of time preposition in and during

    In addition to the comments above, I would think about changing 'took place', which sounds a bit casual as a verb for WWII.


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    Re: Difference of time preposition in and during

    you can also say : ww two broke out during the 1940's

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