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Penalty for drivers is determined on the basis of the maximum speed during driving.

Could you advise me on whether the above is grammatically correct.

I think this example is not good, but I would just like to know whether "during" can modify the noun "maximum speed" in front of it or some verb such as "appearing" is required in front of it.

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    I think while would be better than during.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 9:51

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  • With a "participle" or "gerund" avoid using "during" and use "while" instead. (Longman Dictionary)

Don’t say ‘during doing something’ or ‘during someone does something’. Use while: They chatted while waiting for the train (NOT during waiting for the train). | He stole her money while she slept (NOT during she slept).

  • During is mostly followed by a noun but sometimes by an article + gerund.

  • Try to avoid two -ing words in a row no matter how they occur in a sentence.


So the correct sentence is: "Penalty for drivers is determined on the basis of the maximum speed while driving."

Compare:

  1. During my stay at the hotel, several interesting events took place.
  2. While I stayed at the hotel, several interesting events took place.
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  • You don't need to say "during my staying". Yoy just need to say "during my say". There's a bunch of verbs that has a noun meaning without any need for a suffix/removal of a suffix.
    – iBug
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 12:59
  • @iBug Yeh, you're right! Gotta correct that. Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 13:04

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