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    FOR or IN ages

    Dear teachers,

    Would you say "I haven't been to the cinema FOR / IN ages" or both? Is "IN ages" American English ? Are there other instances where we can use "IN ages"?

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela

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    Re: FOR or IN ages

    Hello Hela

    I usually hear "for ages", in BrE; but "in ages" is also used.

    We can use "in ages" in other contexts, when "ages" is a countable noun, meaning "eras":

    1. "In ages past, when the earth consisted mostly of islands of volcanic ash amid seas of sulphur, giant Adverbs roamed vast forests of monocarpic Conjunct...."

    2. "Oh God, our help in ages past/Our hope for years to come;/Our shelter from the stormy blast,/And our eternal home." (First verse of a hymn once much favoured by British schoolteachers.)

    See you later!
    MrP

    PS: I'm sorry I haven't checked those exercises for you yet...will do so soon...

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    Re: FOR or IN ages

    Thank you MrP, that helps.
    An internaut asked
    Could it be that with "state" verbs for is more usual (- This place is a mess. - No wonder! I haven't lived here for years) than with "action" verbs (I haven't spoken to him in/for years)?
    What do you think?
    Last edited by hela; 20-Apr-2006 at 08:05.

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    Re: FOR or IN ages

    I wouldn't like to say I think I would tend to say "for ages" in both contexts! But to judge by the googles on

    1. "I haven't * for ages"

    and

    2. "I haven't * in ages"

    #2 is more of an AmE idiom. (It's certainly more common.)

    But the other poster may well be correct, for non-BrE dialects! Maybe other members will have an opinion.

    See you,
    MrP

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