During or For? (Prepositions)

For and During, Version 2: Simple English Videos Lesson 

We went to the cinema last night. It was great. Jay’s phone rang during the movie. It was only for a couple of seconds before I turned it off. It rang twice. We use both of these prepositions to talk about time. How do you turn this microphone on? Like this. Ah, thank you. How long is your presentation? I’ll speak for about three hours. Ooo, three hours. And will you be taking questions during the talk? No. Ah. During’ tells us when something happens, but it doesn’t tell us how long it happens. We use ‘for’ for that. I’ll speak for about three hours. I won’t take questions during the presentation. We use ‘during’ with nouns. We use ‘for’ with periods of time. People are still cleaning up from Hurricane Delores last week. DECO Energy reports two hundred thousand homes lost power during the hurricane. Homes along the coast have been without electricity for a week. During – when something happens. Two hundred thousand homes lost power during the hurricane. For – how long it lasts or continues. Homes along the coast have been without electricity for a week. This is the final boarding call for flight 7654 with services to… Hey Vicki. Yeah? Could you put this in your bag? I’ll try. I want to sleep during the flight. Uhuh. Oh and could you put this in your bag? OK, but you can’t use it during take off and landing. I know, so could you put this in your bag? Jay. It’s a short flight. We’ll only be in the air for forty minutes.
 

7 thoughts on “During or For? (Prepositions)

  • October 22, 2014 at 7:12 am
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    IT WAS GEAT

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    • October 24, 2014 at 6:06 am
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      So glad you liked it, Adnan!

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  • October 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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    Hello Vicki,
    We met at TESL Toronto’s conference this spring. I wanted to say thank you. You have the most refreshing and fun attitude. I teach entirely online with new Canadians, and I love using your videos as the basis for some extra lessons. My students delight in their authenticity, clarity and fun.
    Keep up the awesome work.
    Jessica Webster

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    • October 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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      Wow, so glad you find them helpful Jessica and thank you so much for taking the trouble to write. You’ve made our day!

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  • July 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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    Hello Vicky,
    I’ve just found your wesite thanks to a friend. Nowadays I’m studying Engish to sit my First English Certificate and I’m enjoying your videos and comments a lot.
    Next year I’ll use them to teach English to my pupils. I’m sure they’re going to be delight with them.
    Thanks for your work and for being so closed.

    Andrés Moreno

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    • July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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      Oh good luck with First Certificate, Andre. I’m sure you’ll do well, and thank you for taking the time to write to us. We love it when we get to hear how the videos are being used.

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  • August 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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    I begin the 1 Level Could you help me??

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