Level: beginner

We use adverbials of time to describe:

  • when something happens:

I saw Mary yesterday.
She was born in 1978.
I will see you later.
There was a storm during the night.

We waited all day.
They have lived here since 2004.
We will be on holiday from 1 July until 3 August.

They usually watched television in the evening.
We sometimes went to work by car.

Adverbials of time

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Hello Anda B,

'during the night' is correct and 'during night' is not – there is no good reason as far as I know, it's just that people say the first one but not the second.

Actually, many people would probably say 'at night' instead of 'during the night' because 'during the night' could imply the whole period of the night, which doesn't seem to be what you mean here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Is there a rule for the use of article after "during"? I have seen many examples with "during the.." and "during.." and I can't find a pattern. Are there restrictions or it just depends on how it is commonly used?

Thank you,
Anda B

Hello Anda B,

I'm afraid I don't know of any rule to explain this. As far as I can tell we'd use 'the' (or no article) after 'during' in the same ways as usual. In the case of the words 'day' and 'night', I'd say they're used so often that they've developed into fixed expressions like 'during the night', 'at night', 'during the day' (and there are many more).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
It used to be the case that when/if/whenever someone mentioned Arizona, I thought about her.
It used to be the case that when/if/whenever someone mentioned Arizona, I would think about her.
It used to be the case that when/if/whenever someone mentioned Arizona, I used to think about her.
Do the 3 sentences mean the same thing? Also, are when/if/whenever interchangeable in those sentences?
Thank you.

Hello sam61,
There is no difference in meaning here between the three verb forms (thought, would think and used to think). In this context, all of them describe a regular (not unique) action.
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'Whenever' usually means 'every time' rather than describing a particular time, while 'when' has a broader range of meanings. In this context, however, they are interchangeable.
'If' is a little different. It carries a sense of uncertainty. 'When' ('whenever') tells us that the action will happen even if the time is uncertain. 'If' tells us that the action may not happen.
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Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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