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"During" versus "in"



colibrita
United Kingdom

"During" versus "in"
 
Hi Everyone,

___________ the late 1980s in Germany there were tremendous changes. (Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate)

My student wrote "in" but the answer given was "during".  Is "in" wrong?

"During" sounds better, but obviously that s no help to my student!

If I think up my own example: "They became famous in the late seventies" that would be right (and "during" would too!). Ok, now as I write this it s becoming a bit clearer - the time frame is shorter for "in", that it happened at a certain time or in a short space of time, and that with regards to the changes in Germany they were happening over a period of time.

What do you think?

Love

Colibrita






16 Nov 2010      





blunderbuster
Germany

Hi Colibrita,
 
I had a similar problem a while ago ;o)
 
"In" is correct as well.
 
Regards

16 Nov 2010     



maria_joao
Portugal

Sorry, this doesnt have to do with the topic above,
but is it possible for you to send me a message telling me how you teachers in the UK are evaluated. Id really appreciate it.
 
TIA
MJoo

16 Nov 2010     



kodora
Greece

I hope this is clear enough
http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/preps_during-in.html
Dora

16 Nov 2010     



blunderbuster
Germany

Woooooow, Dora ALWAYS has the nicest grammar links.....Thumbs Up

16 Nov 2010     



colibrita
United Kingdom

That s a great link Dora, thanks. I hadn t come across that website before. Hug


16 Nov 2010     



kodora
Greece

Thanks a lot!
When you have a doubt like this one, google eg (during) versus (in) and you will find pages that deal with the differences and similarities of such confusing words.
Dora

16 Nov 2010