During is a preposition. It means ‘throughout’ or ‘for as long as something lasts’. For example, during the afternoon means ‘throughout the afternoon’ or ‘at some time in the afternoon’.

  • The sun shone during the whole match.
  • The band played during the afternoon.

During can also mean ‘at some moment within a period of time’.

  • It rained during the afternoon. (= It rained at some time in the afternoon.)
  • He visited me during my stay in hospital.
  • I was in Australia during the summer for two weeks.
  • He had many painful experiences during his childhood.
  • I met some interesting people during my trip to Italy.
  • He visited us twice during his stay in Mumbai.
  • He had never met his father during his childhood.

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