Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(during/in) the course of

during the course ofin the course of
Meaning(s)
1) while something is happening or continuing
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • during the course of the conversation/discussion/interview
  • Analysis
    This is a very popular expression that you will hear in many contexts, both social and professional, although it might be heard or used more in a professional context. Sometimes it can sound a bit formal in a social situation because people might say 'while something was happening' or 'at the (same) time something was happening'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. During the course of my discussion with Tom, it became clear to me that he was not coping with the end of his marriage as well as I had thought.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The interviewer asked me what skills I had picked up during the course of my previous employment.
    2. A number of issues were raised in the course of the meeting, but the most pressing was the issue of the cancelled staff bonuses.
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