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    compared with the same period last year

    Violent crimes slightly up in Memphis in first 2 months of '11; property crimes drop The Commercial Appeal
    The number of major violent crimes in Memphis and Shelby County rose slightly in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year while major property crimes dipped, according to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.

    Is the same period last year correct? Is the same period of last year wrong?

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    Re: compared with the same period last year

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Violent crimes slightly up in Memphis in first 2 months of '11; property crimes drop The Commercial Appeal
    The number of major violent crimes in Memphis and Shelby County rose slightly in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year while major property crimes dipped, according to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.

    Is the same period last year correct? Is the same period of last year wrong?
    The original is correct. I wouldn't use "of".

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    Re: compared with the same period last year

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Violent crimes slightly up in Memphis in first 2 months of '11; property crimes drop The Commercial Appeal
    The number of major violent crimes in Memphis and Shelby County rose slightly in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year while major property crimes dipped, according to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.

    Is the same period last year correct? Is the same period of last year wrong?

    ***** A NON-TEACHER'S COMMENT *****


    (1) As the moderator told us, it seems that native speakers feel that

    it is more idiomatic (the way native speakers use their language) to

    delete the preposition.

    (2) I have read (and heard) the expression "same period last year"

    so often that I had never thought about the matter until reading your

    post.

    (3) Of course, I consulted "Professor Google." And it seems that

    you are 100% correct. According to perfect "book English," there

    should be an "of." Here are two examples the "professor" gave me:

    "Same period of last year."

    "A 14% increase from the same period of the prior year."

    (4) Omitting prepositions in English is very common. Sometimes it

    becomes so common that speaking "perfect" English can sound

    "wrong." Since we human beings speak so fast, it's understandable

    that we drop our prepositions whenever possible. And your article

    came from a newspaper, which needs to save space.

    (5) The bottom line: IMHO, do not use the "of" in ordinary

    conversation because (a) it is not idiomatic, (b) it is "wordy,"

    and (c) your listener might be distracted when he hears you

    use it. But, IMHO, go ahead and use it in very formal writing.

    Thanks for your great question.

    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: compared with the same period last year

    I don't agree that there "should be" a preposition. Compare: Let's do it again, at the same time next year?

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    Re: compared with the same period last year

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    speaking "perfect" English
    Is there such a thing?

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