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    #1

    In the course of last three years

    Is there any difference between these two?

    In the course of last three years

    During the last three years

    tnx

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    #2

    Re: In the course of last three years

    There is no difference between

    'In the course of the last three years'

    and

    'During the last three years'.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: In the course of last three years

    I would be inclined to say "Over the course of the last three years...".

    I would use "in the course of" for an activity:

    In the course of writing my dissertation, I discovered many interesting things about asteroids.

    In the course of setting up a new business, I realised I knew very little about accounting.

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