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DeborahB1Kwiziq community member

Your answer dans/ en

1On a fini nos devoirs ________ une heure. We finished our homework in one hour.endans 
This could mean our homework took an hour or we will be free one hour in the future so either could be correct by your reasoning THANKS!
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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Just to supplement Jim's answer:

The preposition en, in a temporal context, means "within":

On a fini nos devoirs en une heure. -- We finished our homework within one hour.

Dans, however, denotes a time in the future, so you need future tense for this to work:

On finira nos devoirs dans une heure. -- We'll finish our homework in one hour. That doesn't mean that it took you one hour to do the work, just that you'll be done in one hour.

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Deborah,

I am unable to locate the question in the first line of your query.

If we write "On a fini nos devoirs EN une heure" this means that the DURATION of the action was one hour.

If we write "On finira nos devoirs DANS une heure" this means that it is predicted that the action WILL TAKE one hour.

So in this context "en" is synonymous with "pendant" --> elapse time.

and "dans" is synonymous with "delay until a future action"

Hope this helps.

Bonne continuation

Jim

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1On a fini nos devoirs ________ une heure. We finished our homework in one hour.endans 
This could mean our homework took an hour or we will be free one hour in the future so either could be correct by your reasoning THANKS!

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