Today’s Question

With which sentence, would I have received more money?
A: 正月(しょうがつ)休(やす)みの間(あいだ)アルバイトをした。
B: 正月(しょうがつ)休(やす)みの間(あいだ)にアルバイトをした。

Today’s Grammar Item: ~あいだ/~あいだに


[noun]+ の + 間(あいだ)(に)
[durational verb dictionary form] + 間(あいだ)(に)
[momentary verb てform] + いる + 間(あいだ)(に)


~あいだ … means that the action … took place for the whole duration when the condition/action ~ was continuing
~あいだに means that the action … took place at one point while the condition/action ~ was continuing


⇒ I was a university student in America.
⇒ While I was in a university, I went to (visited) America.

⇒ While my son is at school, I will keep cleaning the house.
⇒ I will clean the house before my son comes home from school.

⇒ I will stay lying in bed while the baby is asleep.
⇒ I will (try to) sleep while the baby is asleep.

Answer to Today’s Question

A: 正月(しょうがつ)休(やす)みの間(あいだ)アルバイトをした。
= I had a casual job for the whole duration of New Year’s holiday.
B: 正月(しょうがつ)休(やす)みの間(あいだ)にアルバイトをした。
= I had a casual job (once or more times) during the New Year’s holiday.

So the answer to the caption question is A as it is likely that I worked more days/times than described in B.

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