Difference between FOR and DURING

The British Language School of English
For vs. During

We use during to say when something happens, if it happens in or over a period of time.

We use for to talk about the length of time something lasts.


They went to Florida They went at one point in the winter.
during the winter.
They went to Florida They went from the beginning to the end of the winter.
for the winter.


Jack took notes He wrote information while he was at the meeting, maybe what someone was saying (in a present moment).
during the meeting.
Jack took notes He had prepared something prior to the meeting, to be said there, and he carried with him into the room.
for the meeting.


I'm going to work extra hours I will be working more than my usual hours throughout the entire period of the spring vacation (from the beginning until the end).
during the spring vacation.
I'm going to work extra hours I will be working more than my usual hours in order to make more money (so I will have some extra cash to enjoy the spring vacation).
for the spring vacation.

She phoned me during the week to tell me that she was getting married. (referring to a point in the week)

We were in the cinema for three and a half hours.
Not: … during three and a half hours.

Our flight to New York was delayed for seven hours.
Not: … during seven hours.

We went to Italy for a week.
Not: … during a week.

We can also use for to refer to public holidays and seasons:

He always goes to his mother’s house for New Year.
Not: … during New Year.

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