For - During - While
How are prepositions - for - while - during used?
The 3 most common English prepositions that are used to represent time are: for - while - during- at - in - on.
For - The preposition "for" is used to express how long something or someone is doing something. "For" is used to state a period of time and is usually used with a noun/pronoun (or any other noun forms) .
- I have been riding my bicycle for 2 hours.
- The dog has been barking for a long time.
- The traffic has been bad for the last three days.
While - The preposition "while" is
used to represent the length of time an action has been happening.
"While" is used when speaking about 2 actions that are happing at the same time. The length of the action is not important.
"While" is used with a subject and a verb.
- While I was playing with my dog, my sister was doing her homework.
- While we are playing cards, the radio was playing.
- My mother doesn't like the T. V. on while we are eating dinner.
During - The preposition "during" is
used to represent the length of time of an action that is while the action
"During" is used with a noun/pronoun (or any other noun forms).
- I will be really busy during the week.
- The kids were sleeping during the party.
- The lights went out during the storm.