英会話のコツ: During vs While

During and while have very similar meaning but they are used slightly differently in sentence structures.

During is followed by a simple noun:

  • The fireworks started during the concert.

  • I fell asleep during the party.

  • There was a robbery during the festival.

 

While on the other hand requires a clause (subject and verb):

  • The children played while their parents cooked dinner.

  • I was reading a book while I was sitting in the garden.

  • The men drank whiskey while their wives drank wine.