Durant vs il y a

MarkB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Durant vs il y a

'Tu es resté enfermé ________ une heure?'' You stayed locked in for an hour?Marked wrong for il y a.. they wanted "durant"The help does not explain the difference and why I am wrong.. any ideas?
Asked 3 days ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

“Il y a une heure” indicates when the event happened - “1 hour ago”, it does not indicate the duration. 

Pendant/durant indicate the duration, but not when the event occurred, without further information. Using “il y a” changes the meaning.

Il y a + duration = Ago (expressions of time)%252Fsearch%253Fs%253DIl%252By%252Ba

Expressing for + [duration] with either pendant, durant, depuis or pour (prepositions of time)%252Fsearch%253Fs%253DPendant

MarkB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks Maarten.. maybe time to put it to bed for a day.. thought I knew that!

Looking at "Il est venu à Londres il y a cinq ans" and thinking of it as a duration.

Durant vs il y a

'Tu es resté enfermé ________ une heure?'' You stayed locked in for an hour?Marked wrong for il y a.. they wanted "durant"The help does not explain the difference and why I am wrong.. any ideas?

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