1. Education

Discuss in my forum

Preposition Use - for / while / during



Use 'for' with a period of time to express the duration or 'how long' something has happened:

  • for three weeks
  • for many years


Use 'while' plus a verb form:

  • while I was watching TV
  • while I lived in New York


Use 'during' with a noun to express 'when' something happens:

  • during class
  • during my vacation
  • during the discussion

Test Your Understanding

Now that you have studied the use of for / while / during, try the follow-up quiz to test your understanding.

Prepositions Quiz

Study other prepositions:

  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. English as 2nd Language
  4. Grammar
  5. Grammar - Intermediate
  6. Prepositions for Intermediate
  7. for / while / during - English Preposition Usage for English Learners and Classes

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.