For vs During - ESL
Though the difference between for
is significant and easy to learn, many people misuse them.
We use for
when we are talking about the duration of something. We use during
when we are giving extra information (something that we did or happened) within that time period.
My stay was for 3 days.
I studied a lot during my 3 day stay.Also See:While vs During
For must be followed directly by 'a' or 'an' or by a number followed by a time noun. (year, month, week etc.)
My father has been in Paris for six days.
I haven’t seen you for a long time.
I lived in San Francisco for ten years.
We were on a vacation for a week.
Unlike "for" it’s a preposition that should be followed by either a noun or a pronoun.
During my vacation, I witnessed a lot of amazing events.
We can discuss this topic during the dinner.
What happened during the blizzard?
Your grandfather came during your absence.
For/During Quick Exercise
Choose for or during