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    #1

    Spans two years, spans for two years.

    Hello,

    Which one is correct to use?

    This course is taught in German and spans two years/spans for two years"

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Spans two years, spans for two years.

    "spans for two years" is incorrect. Although the version without "for" is grammatical I would use "lasts" rather than "spans".

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    #3

    Re: Spans two years, spans for two years.

    Or the course takes two years. "Spans" is usually used for something physical, like a bridge spanning a river.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Spans two years, spans for two years.

    I think 'runs for two years' is also understandable, but I am not a teacher.

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