We use during to talk about something that happens at one point
within a period of time or to talk about an event that continues
throughout a whole period of time. Compare the following:
- I sometimes wake up during the night and then I can't go
back to sleep again.
I cried during the performance. It was such a sad play.
- During the school holiday period in the summer all the campsites
During wars food is often rationed.
When we are referring to a whole period of time, we sometimes use
throughout as an alternative to during for emphasis:
and cheese continued to be rationed throughout the post war period.
hotels are usually fully booked throughout the summer season.
sometimes use in as an alternative to during to talk
about something that happens within a particular period of time:
sometimes wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep again.
my fours years as head of this company I have only taken a holiday
the activity continues for a period of time, we sometimes use over
instead of during to describe the specified period:
the last few days, weather conditions have been steadily improving
and a rescue now seems possible
- I don't intend to do very much over the summer - just relax!