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    Smile during/over/for?

    Hi,there!

    1.I stayed in Shanghai during the summer vacation.
    2.I stayed in Shanghai over the summer vacation.
    3.I stayed in Shanghai for the summer vacation.

    Are all the three sentences above right?
    If so,what is the difference between them?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: during/over/for?

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1234 View Post
    Hi,there!

    1.I stayed in Shanghai during the summer vacation.
    2.I stayed in Shanghai over the summer vacation.
    3.I stayed in Shanghai for the summer vacation.

    Are all the three sentences above right?
    If so,what is the difference between them?

    Thanks in advance!
    Prepare yourself for lots of opinions on this one!

    They basically mean the same thing, but different people will give them different shades of meaning. Here are mine, but remember that this is just one (American) opinion:

    - During suggests that visiting Shanghai was one of several things you did.
    - Over implies (to me) a somewhat longer stay in Shanghai.
    - For tells me that you spent your entire vacation there.

    Now let's see what others say.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]


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    Re: during/over/for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    - During suggests that visiting Shanghai was one of several things you did.
    - Over implies (to me) a somewhat longer stay in Shanghai.
    - For tells me that you spent your entire vacation there.
    If I can understand this:The time I spent in Shanghai is For>Over>During.

    And If over can also mean that I spent my entire vacation there?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: during/over/for?

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1234 View Post
    If I can understand this:The time I spent in Shanghai is For>Over>During.

    And If over can also mean that I spent my entire vacation there?

    Thank you very much!
    Your welcome. But again, these are just shades. The three mean roughly the same thing.


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    Re: during/over/for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    They basically mean the same thing, but different people will give them different shades of meaning.
    I don't quite follow you, but what does shade mean here?


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    Re: during/over/for?

    I don't quite follow you, but what does shade mean here?
    There are an infinite number of shades of the colour red. If your eyes are better than mine, you will be able to distinguish more shades than I can. What you can see as distinct shades, will look to my poor eyes, to be a single shade.

    Thus the colour theme is being used as an analogy to semantics. Take for example the word 'good'. There are many words that mean 'good'. Your choice of word expresses exactly how good, or in what way, it is good. The exact meaning, the semantics, of the word may vary between individuals. For example, if something is described as 'nice' is that stronger than 'pleasant'. You can, I hope, see the analogy to the colour spectrum.


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    Re: during/over/for?

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    There are an infinite number of shades of the colour red......For example, if something is described as 'nice' is that stronger than 'pleasant'. You can, I hope, see the analogy to the colour spectrum.
    I got it.

    Thanks a lot!

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