the difference between words: for and during

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Many students say things like, “I stayed in my apartment during three days.” This is wrong. The person should say, “I stayed in my apartment for three days.” So today, I would like to go over the difference between “for” and “during”.

The word “for” is followed by the word “a” or “an” or by a number; and then it is followed by a time noun (year, month, day, hour, minute, etc). However, the word “during” is followed directly by a regular noun. For example:

I’ve been working on this project for six months.

I did training for my job for a week.

The movie lasted for two and a half hours.

I fell asleep during the movie.

I got a sunburn during my vacation.

I didn’t see anyone during the weekend.

So, as you can see, with “during”, the word “the” or a possessive pronoun like “my” or “your” is usually placed between “during” and the regular noun. If we’re talking about public holidays, then we DON’T use “the”. For example:

What are you going to do during Christmas?

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