General Writing and Grammar Help/For, in, during

Advertisement


Question
Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct?

1) I have been very busy with my work FOR the past two weeks.

2) I have been very busy with my work IN the past two weeks.

3) I have been very busy with my work DURING the past two weeks.

If all three are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

By the way, should I say, "to be busy with my WORK" or "to be busy with my JOB"?

Thank you,

Paolo

Answer
Dear Paolo:


Are the following sentences correct?

1) I have been very busy with my work FOR the past two weeks.

2) I have been very busy with my work IN the past two weeks.

3) I have been very busy with my work DURING the past two weeks.

If all three are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

**** They all mean the same thing.  The choice of which preposition to use is up to
the writer.  I like DURING, because (1) the "-ing" makes it progressive, as if the
work is still going on, and (2) DURING is not used as often as the other two.


By the way, should I say, "to be busy with my WORK" or "to be busy with my JOB"?

*** You can use either one.  I think that "work" sounds more professional than "job."
I would choose "work."

Ted

General Writing and Grammar Help

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Ted Nesbitt

Expertise

I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

Experience

I have been one of the highest-ranked volunteers in this category for more than a decade.

Education/Credentials
B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.