Common mistake during (for)

Common Mistake: Using "during" instead of "for"

One common mistake that people often make is using the word "during" instead of "for" in certain contexts. Although "during" and "for" are both prepositions, they have slightly different meanings and cannot always be used interchangeably.

Understanding the Difference

The preposition "during" is used to indicate when something happens within a specific time period. On the other hand, the preposition "for" is used to indicate the duration or length of time that something lasts.

Here's an example to illustrate the difference:

  • Incorrect: I studied during two hours.
  • Correct: I studied for two hours.

In the incorrect example, "during" is used incorrectly to indicate the duration of studying. However, the correct usage is "for" because it accurately conveys the two-hour duration of the activity.

When to Use "During"

While it is important to avoid the common mistake of using "during" instead of "for" when indicating duration, there are instances where "during" is the correct choice.

"During" is used when we want to specify that an event or action happens within a particular time period. It is often followed by a noun or pronoun denoting that period of time.

  • Correct: We went for a walk during the storm.
  • Correct: He called me during his lunch break.

Linguix Grammar Checker

To ensure that you're using the correct preposition in your writing, you can rely on the Linguix grammar checker. This powerful tool can help identify and correct mistakes like using "during" instead of "for," ensuring that your writing is grammatically accurate and effective.

during (for) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I haven't seen him during ages.

    I haven't seen him for ages.

  • Correct:
    In that subgroup, the prevalence of HPV and high-risk HPV declined during ages 35 to 40.
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