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    #1

    last / last for

    Hello,

    My question is about using the verb "to last". I'm always worried about miusing the preposition "for" together with this verb. Do we really need this preposition?

    The performance lasts (for - ?) five hours
    The performance last (for - ?) more than five hours

    If "for" isn't needed in either example, please tell me do we ever need to use it with "last"?

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: last / last for

    For is never essential, but some people use it.

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    #3

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    For is never essential, but some people use it.
    So it means that we can say both

    The performance lasts five hours
    The performance lasts for five hours

    and both

    The performance last more than five hours
    The performance last for more than five hours
    Are they all correct?

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    #4

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    So it means that we can say both

    The performance lasts five hours
    The performance lasts for five hours

    and both

    The performance last more than five hours
    The performance last for more than five hours
    Are they all correct?
    The second pair is not correct.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 13-Aug-2012 at 18:21. Reason: Correct error.

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    #5

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The second pair are not correct.
    Neither am that.

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    #6

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Neither am that.
    Sorry, I don't understand this phrase. What does "am that" mean? Maybe you wanted to say "Neither is that"?

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    #7

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Sorry, I don't understand this phrase. What does "am that" mean? Maybe you wanted to say "Neither is that"?
    No.

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    #8

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    So it means that we can say both

    The performance lasts five hours.
    The performance lasts for five hours.

    and both

    The performance lasts more than five hours.
    The performance lasts for more than five hours.
    Are they all correct? They are now.
    You need to get into the habit of ending sentences with the correct punctuation.

    Rover

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    #9

    Re: last / last for

    I missed "s" by chance. I was too hasty and therefore didn't notice the misprints.

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    #10

    Re: last / last for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Neither am that.
    You be right there!

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