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'Over the past 50 years paracetamol has become the most widely used analgesic and antipyretic agent.'
Does that mean at some point during those 50 years paracetamol became the most widely used drug? Or paracetamol continued to be the most widely used drug for 50 years?
You cannot assume from the statement, goldenace, that paracetamol became the most widely used drug — just the most widely used analgesic and antipyretic agent.
Yes, you're right. My apologies.
So on its own "over the past" does not have a distinct definition in this context?
Last edited by goldenace; 26-Nov-2013 at 22:48. Reason: "in this context"
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Well, we know that paracetamol became, and still is, the most widely used analgesic and antipyretic agent. We just don't know exactly when it overtook its leading rival.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Nov-2013 at 22:52. Reason: typo