During vs While | Difference Between During and While

During and While are similar in meaning (function), but they are used different grammatically.

How to Use “During”

During is a preposition which is used before an activity to indicate that a parallel action is happening at the same time as that activity.

Example:

What did you discuss during dinner?

During is followed by a noun, which often represents an activity (During + noun).

Example:

I had a good time during the trip.

How to Use “While”

While is a conjunction which is used to refer to a background period of time in which another activity happened.

Example:

They all took notes while the professor gave the lecture.

While is followed by a clause (While + subject + verb…)

Example:

I did it while I was drunk.

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