If I have already used preposition "during" in relation to one period of time in the first clause, can I use "in" in relation to a same period of time in the second clause?

For example,

She was quiet and even shy during the first semester, but became noticeably more active in the second one.

Or does it sound awkward and I better stick to "during" in both clauses?


Using during for both would sound more awkward. English has a marvellous range of synonyms and near-synonyms for many words, and natural, flowing text usually avoids repetition. At least, up to a point. Text with a lot of repetition of words can seem either simplistic or legalistic.

Your use of during and then in is natural, and good style.

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