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    year in year out

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    To go chained body to body into the wet earth, year in year out, until they died of the damp ague – rather would they be burned alive. (John Steinbeck, “Cup of Gold”)

    year in year out = year by/after year

    Last edited by vil; 10-Aug-2011 at 15:20.

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    Re: year in year out

    Year after year sounds better to me as it gives a stronger idea of the duration.

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