table of content chapter 1616.7.13 durante / mentre = while

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chapter 16: conjunctions

  16.7.13 durante / mentre = while
  Durante corresponds to during, while corresponds to mentre. The meaning of durante / during and mentre / while is the same, but durante / during is a preposition, mentre / while a conjunction. Durante / during stands in front of a noun, that's what prepositions normally do and while / mentre introduce a temporal clause.

Durante la sua assenza avevano, oltre che costrutito un edificio religioso, organizato molte feste.
  During his absence they organized a lot of parties as well, besides that they constructed a religious building.
  Durante la sua assenza, oltre ad avere costrutito un edificio religioso, avevano organizzato molte feste.
  During his absence besides organizing a lot of parties they build a lot of religious buildings as well.

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