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"In the American colonies"or "during the American colonies" 1. In 1716, the first theater during the American colonies was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia. 2. In 1716, the first theater during the American colonies was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia.I'm sorry 1. In 1716, the first theater in the American colonies was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Jan 7, 2016 12:56 AM
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Hey Ruslan, Both your sentences are the same ;-) But it should be 'in', not 'during'. The colonies are settlements of people, so are grammatically like cities, towns, villiages, settlements, groups, etc, which would all take 'in'. On the other hand, 'during' can only be used for periods of time. (for periods of time, there ARE cases where either word is acceptable, like "during/in American colonial times" but during can only be used for time periods, where as 'in' has wider uses.
January 7, 2016
. In 1716, the first theater in the American colonies was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia. This one is fine
January 7, 2016
"The first theater in the American colonies" tells us the place where the theatre was. "In 1567, the first theater in England, the Red Lion, opened in London. In 1716, the first theater in the American colonies opened in Willamsburg, Virginia." "During" tells us something about time. "The colonies" is a place, not a time. "The Colonial era" is a period of time, the period before the colonies joined to form the United States. Thing happened "during the Colonial era" or "in the Colonial era." "During" and "in are interchangeable but "during" suggests an extended period of time, "in" suggests a single point in time." "During the Colonial era, the theater was accepted in Virginia, but prohibited in Massachusetts." "Yale College was founded in the Colonial era."
January 7, 2016
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