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    #1

    Which one is better 1 or 2?

    1) Over the past six years
    2) In the past six years

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    #2

    Re: Which one is better 1 or 2?

    They both mean the same. Your choice!

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    Re: Which one is better 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    1) Over the past six years
    2) In the past six years
    I agree with NorwichEnglish, though I'd add 'probably'. You should know by now, NewHopeR, that we need context before we can respond completely satisfactorily.

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    Re: Which one is better 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorwichEnglish View Post
    They both mean the same. Your choice!
    I don't think that's strictly correct. The context matters.

    Context: Two people meet after a period of 6 years. One has a child with them.
    A: "Ah, I see you've had a child in the last six years." Right. This implies sometime in the last six years.
    A: "Ah, I see you've had a child over the last six years." Wrong. This implies a more gradual event. (Eg. "I see you've put on weight over the last six years.")

    This is only a tendency, not a strict dichotomy. But I agree with 5jj, that questions of the type, "Which is better? - 1. 'I see you' 2. 'I saw you'" are pointless without context.

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