Mistake 12: for or during?

Compare during and for:

I fell asleep during the film. I was asleep for half an hour.

– Use FOR + a period of time to say how long something goes on:  for two hours, for a week, for ages… Example: We watched television for two hours last night.

– Use DURING + noun to say when something happens (not how long): during the film, during our holiday, during the night… Example: We bought nice souvenirs during our holiday.

Remember!! You cannot use during to say how long something goes on: It rained for three days without stopping. (NOT during three days).

– With ‘time words’ (the morning, the afternoon, the summer…), you can usually say in or during. Example: It must have rained in the night (or during the night).

(Source: English Grammar in Use. Cambridge)

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