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    I built my house 'for' an hour.

    1. I built my house for an hour.

    I heard it as an example of how some verbs can change class e.g. from activities to accomplishments:

    I walked. (activity) --> I walked to the station. (accomplishment) - I have no problem with this one.
    I built my house. (accomplishment) --> I built my house for an hour.(activity) (?)


    Shouldn't it be either:

    a/ I built my house in an hour. (and then there's no change of class, it's also an accomplishment) or
    b/ I was building my house for an hour.

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    Re: I built my house 'for' an hour.

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Shouldn't it be either:

    a/ I built my house in an hour. (and then there's no change of class, it's also an accomplishment) or
    b/ I was building my house for an hour.
    Yes, though the second still sounds strange. We'd be more likely to say I was working on my house for an hour. The context would tell us that the work involved building.

    Realistically, of course, the first is unlikely.

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    Re: I built my house 'for' an hour.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Realistically, of course, the first is unlikely.
    Now that I've read it again, 'unlikely' sounds like a bit of an understatement. Thanks

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    Re: I built my house 'for' an hour.

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Now that I've read it again, 'unlikely' sounds like a bit of an understatement. Thanks
    unless maybe it is a model house or a house of cards...


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