Rescuers work through night after Turkey quake kills thousands. (BBC news)

"through" refers to from the beginning to the end of the night.

We also have another preposition that can refer to the beginning to the end of the night, which is "during". For instance: "Industrial production has expanded during the last three decades." (Collins Dictionary)

So, can we use "during" in place of "through" in the above sentence?

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"During" can, like "through," mean "from the beginning to the end of a period of time." But, as Cambridge Dictionary explains. it can also mean "at some point within a period of time." So "during," while not incorrect, would be ambiguous in this context.

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