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    #1

    for or during?

    One more question:

    He has collected stamps for (or during) all his life.?

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    Re: for or during?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Derezhenko View Post
    One more question:

    He has collected stamps for (or during) all his life.?
    I would say "He has been collecting stamps for all his life" because this sentence suggests to me that he is still alive and his life hasn't yet finished. If you want to say that he has already finished collecting stamps but is still alive you can say "He has collected a lot of stamps in his life". In fact this sentence can mean that he is either already dead or is still alive but isn't collecting stamps any longer.

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    #3

    Re: for or during?

    I would omit the preposition; but let's wait for the experts' verdict

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    Re: for or during?

    Verona's right.

    I've been collecting stamps all my life.

    When I'm dead you can say 'He collected stamps all his life.'

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    Re: for or during?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Derezhenko View Post
    One more question:

    He has collected stamps for (or during) all his life.?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Mr. Derezhenko,


    (1) You have asked an excellent question.

    (2) Sometimes in English, the preposition is not expressed

    (although -- according to some linguists -- the preposition is

    in the speaker's mind).

    (a) She works all day.

    (i) My grammar book tells me that sometimes a noun is used as an adverb:
    She works all day.

    That is, the sentence basically means:

    She works to the extent of all day.

    If you are interested in studying this further, check your grammar

    books for a construction (sentence type) labeled : "ADVERBIAL

    OBJECTIVE."


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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