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what's the difference between in and during? Which one is correct in the following sentence?

Here's the sentence :

  • John's total business income during/in March is fifty-six thousand dollars.
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Both "in" and "during" are grammatical and idiomatic with respect to time. I must admit that I prefer to use "during" for time and "in" for space, but that may just be a personal idiosyncrasy of style.

In this specific case, however, I would probably prefer "for" if discussing income with respect to the entire month. But you will be understood and sound idiomatic with any of these prepositions.

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