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    Peter Swinden is offline Newbie
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    Default Lasts two hours vs Lasts for two hours.

    Hi,Could anyone tell me which is correct:


    The film lasts two hours.

    Or:

    The film lasts for two hours.


    Thanks a lot.

    Peter.

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    Default Re: Lasts two hours vs Lasts for two hours.

    They could both be used, but the first sounds more natural. I would be more likely to use the preposition where the duration was not fixed or for something that lasted longer than expected- I thought it would be quick, but the interview lasted for an hour and a half.

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    Default Re: Lasts two hours vs Lasts for two hours.

    Thanks very much, I suspected they both could be used. No chance of any grammatical explanation I suppose!

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Lasts two hours vs Lasts for two hours.

    Not really- as it's a matter of choice, I can't think of one.

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