These words are easily confused, here we will show you the difference between them and explain how and when to use each one.
During is a preposition and so should be followed by a noun or pronoun.
“During the party.” (the party = a noun)
Lasted is a verb (past tense).
“The party lasted two hours.”
During shows continuity of events and it indicates a parallelism between two events happening at the same time.
Let’s work through an example:
“During the weekend, I slept at the university, I worked hard, and I made new friends.”
“During the competition, I slept at the university.”
“The competition lasted the whole weekend.”
“The competition lasted the whole weekend, during which I slept at the university.”
The competition is one event that happened in the past. It lasted for a certain amount of time. But while the competition was happening other things happened too so we use during or during which to show these things were happening at the same time.
Check out some more examples:
“During the time I was learning to ski, I was very scared.”
“During the lesson I noticed the clock wasn’t moving.”
“During the lesson I noticed we had more time.”
“The lesson lasted longer than I expected.”
“The show lasted for five hours!”
“During the show, I got very bored.”
Let us know if you have any more examples!
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