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What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'?



 
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What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'? #1 (permalink) Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:02 am   What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #94 "While, during and for", question 8

A game of rugby usually lasts ......... eighty minutes.

(a) while
(b) during
(c) for

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #94 "While, during and for", answer 8

A game of rugby usually lasts for eighty minutes.

Correct answer: (c) for

Your answer was: incorrect
A game of rugby usually lasts during eighty minutes.
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i choose "during". Why's it incorrect?
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What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'? #2 (permalink) Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:33 am   What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'?
 

Hi,

'During' is usually used for a general period of time and not for a definite period of time such as 'eighty minutes'. You can say: during the afternoon/the day/the holiday/the week and so on where 'during' doesn't mean the whole time but at certain times within the general period.

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What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'? #3 (permalink) Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:53 am   What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'?
 

Lira wrote:
i choose "during". Why's it incorrect?

Your question should read: "I chose 'during'. Why is this incorrect?"

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What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'? #4 (permalink) Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:03 am   What's the difference between 'during' and 'for'?
 

But we also can say "A game of rugby usually lasts eighty minutes", can't we?

(i.e. is it possible to omit "for" ?)
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