Quick answer
"While" is a conjunction which is often translated as "mientras", and "during" is a preposition which is often translated as "durante". Learn more about the difference between "while" and "during" below.
while(
wayl
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (during)
a. mientras
I love listening to music while I clean the house.Me encanta escuchar música mientras limpio la casa.
2. (as long as)
a. mientras
You will keep your job while I am the boss.Mientras yo sea el jefe, mantendrás tu trabajo.
3. (although)
a. aunque
While he is a good match, her parents do not like him.Aunque sea un buen partido, a los padres de ella no les gusta.
4. (whereas)
a. mientras que
I love the mountains while my husband prefers the sea.Me encantan las montañas mientras que mi marido prefiere el mar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (time)
a. el rato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After a while, I realized I was on the wrong bus.Después de un rato, me di cuenta de que estaba en el autobús equivocado.
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during(
door
-
ihng
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (throughout)
a. durante
Women should avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Las mujeres deben evitar el alcohol durante el embarazo.
2. (in the course of)
a. durante
The thief was shot during the robbery. El ladrón fue baleado durante el robo.
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