TOEIC Grammar Lesson - During vs. While

toeic grammar Feb 16, 2024


What is the difference between DURING and WHILE?

There are a variety of English grammar patterns that are tested on the TOEIC® exam. Being able to distinguish between during and while is often tested in Part V and Part VI.

We use DURING followed by a noun, and that noun is generally an event

  • I don't check social media during work.
  • Lois doesn't let her kids watch TV during dinner

On the other hand, we use WHILE followed by a gerund or a subject and verb

  • In the office, we don't check social media while working.
  • Mr. Simpson likes to whistle while he is working at the computer.

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