Between vs. During

The words between and during are often confused. During is used to say when something happens.

  • We were in Switzerland during last summer.
  • I was unwell during the whole of last week.
  • He got injured during the match.
  • I learned some Italian during my stay in Italy.

Between is used to talk about intervals and time limits. Two events must be mentioned if you want to use between.

  • England grew prosperous during Queen Victoria’s reign. (NOT England grew prosperous between Queen Victoria’s reign.

Another example is given below.

  • The First World War was fought between 1914 – 18 (NOT The First World War was fought during 1914 – 18.)
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Manjusha Nambiar

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