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What is the difference between “while” and “during” in grammar?
Sender Ahmed Rashed
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While is a conjunction and is followed by a phrase or clause (including a participial phrase). During is a preposition and is followed by a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun. Unlike most prepositions, during cannot usually be followed by the gerund (the -ing form acting as a noun) and you should not do that on an exam.

I broke my arm while I was skateboarding.
I broke my arm while skateboarding.
I broke my arm while a skateboard ride.
I broke my arm during a skateboard ride.
I broke my arm during skateboarding.
I broke my arm during I was skateboarding.
 
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ed. 19/08/15
 
 
 
 
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