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For, Since, During, While: What is the Difference Between These English Puppies? + QUIZ

Use “For” when:

You are talking about a duration of time that is non-specific. For example:

“I lived there for five years.” In this sentence, the speaker does not specify which five years he or she is talking about. Is it from 2001 – 2006? Is it five years during his or her teens? Was it a five year period ten years ago?

Consider this other sentence: “The meeting lasted for six minutes.”

Again, the speaker does not give a specific time frame, only a duration.  The listener does not know specifically when those six minutes began and ended.

For, Since, During, While
When do I use “For” “During” “Since” or “While”???

You use “since” when you:

Want to specify the time frame that something started or began. That thing is likely still continuing in the present time.  Note that “since” is often used with the present perfect and present continuous tenses. Remember that in English, the present perfect tense/present perfect continuous is used to talk about something that started in the past but has a connection to the present. However, also note that since can be used in other contexts/tenses as well. Since can be either a conjunction, adverb or preposition in English. As Tiphaine Borredon would say, “it’s complication!”

Read the examples below. Note that in each example, the action began at a time in the past but it is understood that the action continues to the moment the speaker is speaking:

  • Since when have you been jogging at midnight? (adverb)
  • I have been jogging at midnight since last year. (preposition)
  • I have despised broccoli since I was a child.  (preposition)
  • Since you have refused to remove your car from the parking spot for disabled people, I have no choice but to call the police. (conjunction)
  • I have taken French lessons since the age of eighteen. (preposition)

You use “during” when you:

Are referring to a specific period of time that has a specific beginning point and a specific ending point. During is a preposition and is usually followed by a noun or a noun clause in English.

So for example:

“I will go sightseeing during my vacation.” In this sentence the speaker (and probably the listener) knows exactly when the vacation will begin and end.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER EXAMPLES OF “DURING”:

  • “I cry during sad movies.”
  • “I learned to cheat on tests during college.”
  • During the summer, I often go to Bretagne to visit my grandmother.
  • Are you free during lunch?
  • I have observed that during fire drills Peter goes into an asthma attack.
  • Come on, let’s go! You can eat during the car ride.
  • You will have a chance to see the Great Wall during the tour tomorrow.

You use “while” when you:

Talk about two actions that occur during the same span of time.  The two actions may be unrelated but they occur or will occur in the same time frame.  This use of while is as a conjunction. But “while” has many uses in English. It can be a conjunction, adverb, noun, verb or even sometimes a preposition! (Tiphaine! Complication!)

CHECK OUT THESE EXAMPLES:

  • While you take a nap, I will cook dinner. (conjunction)
  • You can go for a walk while she is being interviewed. (conjunction)
  • Did you pass out while all of this was going on? (conjunction)
  • While John is prone to outbursts, Jason his twin brother is very calm. (conjunction)
  • My college years were a time for me to while away my youth (verb)
  • The hour while you wait for the doctor to update you is the hardest part of this medical procedure (adverb)
  • We can sit here for a while. (noun)

Note that “while” and “during” can often be used in the same sense but the structure of your sentence would change. For example:

  • While you take a nap, I will cook dinner.
  • During your nap, I will cook dinner.
  • You can go for a walk while she is being interviewed
  • You can go for a walk during her interview.
  • Did you  pass out while all of this was going on?
  • Did you pass out during all of this?

 

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THEY’RE or THERE or THEIR? A QUIZ.

They're or There?

THEY’RE or THERE? OR THEIR? Even for native English speakers, it can sometimes be difficult to choose between these three words. What is the difference between these three words (homophones) which are pronounced exactly the same?  When speaking, there is no difference and no need to worry but when writing you definitely want to choose the right one because there is a huge difference between them.

“Their” is a possessive adjective that signifies ownership, belonging or association. It is usually followed by a noun. For example:

  • Their house
  • Their children
  • Their car
  • Their mistake
  • Their thoughts

“There” is an adverb of place or it can be a pronoun depending on how it is used in the sentence For example as a pronoun:

  • There is a book on the table
  • There are plenty left
  • There can’t be this many obstructionists in this organization!
  • There must be a way

As for usage of “there” as an adverb often when speaking about a location or place:

  • I will not go there.
  • The forest is over there
  • Put it there
  • Take the road through there

Finally, “they’re” is a contraction or shortened form of “they are.” Examples of its usage are:

  • I am not sure if they’re coming
  • They’re late again
  • They’re an item
  • They’re two of the highest mountains in the world.
  • Do you know if they’re the right ones?

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TAKE THIS ENGLISH QUIZ: HOW GOOD IS YOUR BASIC ENGLISH?

 Have you taken an English quiz lately to gauge how well your basic English is? No? Why not? You have to keep testing yourself! How else are you going to improve? Well, tell you what: I want to help you out so I created this little English quiz that is full of little basic grammar rules, for example:
  • Make vs do?
  • Say vs tell
  • the proper form to ask a question
  • ing vs infinitive
  • modal verbs
  • Did + main verb (question form)
  • Have (question form)
  • etc.

This little English quiz should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. Just click on the answer you think is right and hit next when you are done. At the end of the quiz, your score will appear at the top.

Good luck!

Next up: 10 FUN AND EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

ENGLISH QUIZ

10 EASY AND FUN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH (SLIDE SHOW)

 Speak Better: Fun ways to Improve your English

There are indeed many fun ways to improve your English and these are easy steps and strategies you can implement today. What could be more fun than celebrity gossip, for example? You may think that reading about Kim Kardashian is beneath your dignity but you would be surprised how much vocabulary you pick up from a news piece about the reality starlet that improves your fluency and helps you to sound more like a native English speaker.

Obviously, there are many other easy and fun ways to improve your English other than reading about Kim Kardashian. For example, do you like poetry? Do you like to use social media? Do you like American movies? All of these are ways that you can use and employ to help you to improve your English comprehension as well as your oral and written English skills.

Why is it important to find fun ways to improve your English? Because you will be encouraged to continue to study the language if you are having fun. It is quite that simple. There is no need to be bored out of your mind anymore. You can have fun with it, even if you are learning the language in a professional capacity.  Because professional people know about celebrities and professional people read poetry. And professional people do a lot of other things, like subscribe to social networks. All of these vehicles will help you improve your English skills.

But don’t take my word for it. Go through the slide show of easy and fun ways to improve your English and see if you find a method or strategy that could work for you. Then get to work and use it today!

 

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