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    Question how to interpret "Kim opened the parcel for half an hour"

    Kim opened the parcel for half an hour". does the sentence mean "Kim spent half an hour opening the parcel?"i'm not so sure about about my own interpretation, because that sounds odd.


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    Re: how to interpret "Kim opened the parcel for half an hour"

    That is what it would be interpreted as saying. Must have been a very strongly packed parcel!


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    Re: how to interpret "Kim opened the parcel for half an hour"

    We would actually say:
    It took Kim half an hour to open the parcel.
    or
    Kim took half an hour to open the parcel.
    Last edited by David L.; 31-Oct-2008 at 09:16.

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    Re: how to interpret "Kim opened the parcel for half an hour"

    [quote=guzhao67;375822]Kim opened the parcel for half an hour". This sentence is very odd. This grammar suggests the after half an hour Kim closed the parcel. Of course 'Kim opened the window for half an hour.' would be a more sensible example.
    does the sentence mean "Kim spent half an hour opening the parcel?" If this is what you want to mean, say this or David's sentences. (half an hour)
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