Monday, August 13

Before, After, During, While









The four words in our title are all Prepositions. They all talk about time, but of course each of them has a different meaning.



More importantly, how to use each word is very different. I’m talking about the structure of their sentences.



For example, this is how we use “Before”:




1.       Before + Noun


Ex. Before dinner, we should finish painting your room.


2.       Before + V+ing


Ex. Before having dinner, we should finish painting your room.


3.       Before + S + V


Ex. Before we have dinner, we should finish painting your room.




The PrepositionAfter” is also used like this.



Here’s a short video that shows how to practice these two words:








On the other hand, we use “During” this way:




1.       During + Noun = Ok


Ex. During dinner, she talked about the incident. = Ok


2.       During + V+ing = X


Ex. During eating, she talked about the incident. = X


3.       During + S + V = X


Ex. During we ate, she talked about the incident. = X






This is why it's better to learn “During” together with another very similar Preposition: “While.” 



If you compare these two words, you will find that they have similar meanings.



But “While” is used following these patterns:




1.       While + Noun = X


Ex. While dinner, she talked about the incident. = X


2.       While + V+ing = Ok


Ex. While eating, she talked about the incident. = Ok


3.       While + S + V = Ok


Ex. While we ate, she talked about the incident.  = Ok





As you can see, in terms of structure, how to use “While” is in fact completely opposite to how to use “During.” Now it’ll be easy for you to remember them.








Hope you learned something!

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