In this English grammar lesson you will learn how we use FOR, SINCE, DURING, WHILE in English.
These words are difficult for learners because they have similar meanings but are used differently.
Many students confuse them, so it’s important to understand how they are used and the grammar rules with each of them.
They are all used when we talk about time.
Since (+ starting point)
- I haven’t been to London since 1992.
- We haven’t spoken since Jane’s party last summer.
- I has been a week since my last headache.
- We have been in Italy since last Monday.
For (+ period of time)
For answers the question HOW LONG?
- I haven’t been to London for 20 years. (How long is it since you have been to London?)
- I lived in Auckland for a decade.
- I listened to a song on my phone for a few minutes while I waited to see the doctor.
- They lived in Portugal for a 5 years back in the 1990s.
During (+ noun)
During answers the question WHEN?
- He went to London during the 90s. (When did you go to London?)
- She broke her leg during the summer.
- I got a phone call during a meeting with my boss.
- I listen to the radio during my commute home each afternoon.
While (+ subject + verb)
While answers the question WHEN?
- I lived in London while I was a studying. (When did you live in London?)
- My phone rang while I was in a meeting with my boss.
- We visited many different places while we we on holiday in Italy.
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