Prepositions Exercise (305)

Choose the preposition that best fits the context.

  • The doctor has been missing ____ five months.

  • I fell asleep ____ the mystery program and missed the denouement.

  • Did you climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower ____ your holiday?

  • My friend in London and I talked ____ an hour.

  • The children weeded ____ their father built the greenhouse.

Answers and Explanations

1. The doctor has been missing for five months.

For introduces a word or words that tell how long something went on.

2. I fell asleep during the mystery program and missed the denouement.

During it time-related, but does not indicate how long something continued.

3. Did you climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower during your holiday?

During does not indicate how long something continued.

4. My friend in London and I talked for an hour.

For introduces a word or words that tell how long something went on.

5. The children weeded while their father built the greenhouse.

While indicates that two things went on at the same time. The length of time is not important.

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