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    May I know your answer to this question?

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    I have read the novel several times.

    I have been living in this city for 15 years.


    I guess the above sentences are correct, if so, why there is a "for" in the second sentence while the first one can directly use without a "for"?


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: May I know your answer to this question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    I have read the novel several times. . I have been living in this city for 15 years.

    I guess the above sentences are correct, if so, why there is a "for" in the second sentence while the first one can directly use without a "for"?
    For in the second sentence is used with a period of time, to denote the duration.

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    Re: May I know your answer to this question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    I have read the novel several times.

    I have been living in this city for 15 years.


    I guess the above sentences are correct, if so, why there is a "for" in the second sentence while the first one can directly use without a "for"?


    Thanks a lot
    Well, in that context 'for' expresses continuity and the reason it is compatible with '15 years' (a continuous span of time) and incompatible with 'several times' (a non-continuous span of time).

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