57 – During vs. While – Confusing English Words Lesson

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During & while are two words that are often confusing to use for a lot of English language learners. For today’s English lesson, I’m going show you the difference between these two words and how they are used in an English conversation or writing.
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Here are the example sentences:
  • During work, I don’t use my cell phone.
  • It was warm during the day.
  • The star player hit two home runs during the game
  • While working, I don’t use my cell phone.
  • Some people like to watch TV while eating dinner.
  • You shouldn’t use a cell phone while driving.
  • I don’t use my cell phone while I am working.
  • I listened to the radio while I worked yesterday.
  • I found an old coin while I was cleaning out the garage.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • My mom is having a birthday this year. Five years ago, we had a surprise party for her 80th birthday, but there was a blizzard and only three guests could make it!
Today’s listening challenge:
  • How come Michael doesn’t know how the weather is when he is at Happy English?
  • Who did Michael meet at lunch time?

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46 – Even Though vs. Even If – English Grammar Lesson

46 - Even Though vs. Even If - English Grammar LessonEven though and even if are similar, but are used differently. For today’s English lesson, let’s learn how to use those two phrases in our English Conversations and writing.

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Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Michael used to wear a suit, but now he wears jeans and a polo shirt every day!
Today’s listening challenge:
  • Do you think Michael likes the beach? How much does he like it?

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How To Use While & As To Talk About Time

How To Use While & As To Talk About Time

As he stood up, he hit his head on the ceiling.

While I was traveling to the office, I decided to take a nap on the train. Just as I started to fall asleep, some teenagers got sat in the seat behind me. They were talking loudly and laughing, even though it was just 7:30 in the morning! I was so upset, but as I turned around to ask them to be quiet, the man next to them scolded them and they shut up. I was lucky!

For today’s English lesson, I’m going to show you how to use the conjunctions while and as to talk about time. Specifically, we use while and as to show two things that happen at the same time.

We use as to mean, “at the moment” or “when.” Thus, as generally refers to one point in time, or an action that happens at one point in time. The grammar is as + subject + verb:

  • As I stood up, I began to feel dizzy. “At the moment I stood up….”
  • As I opened the window, the air conditioner fell out. “When I opened the window…”
  • As I turned around to ask them to be quite, the man next to them scolded them.

We use just as to emphasize the moment that something happens:

  • Just as he finished his speech, everyone stood and applauded loudly.
  • Let’s all say “Happy Birthday” just as she walks in the room.
  • Just as we pulled out of the drive way, I realized I had left my wallet on the kitchen table.

We use while to mean, “during some activity.” Thus, while generally refers to some activity that happens over a period of time. The grammar is while + subject + verb or while + gerund:

  • While I was working, the phone rang many times. “During the time I was working….”
  • While having dinner, I generally don’t watch TV. “During the time I am having dinner….”
  • While I was traveling to the office, I decided to take a nap on the train.

How about writing a few sentences using as & while in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!
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