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    Meaning: (It) ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan

    Dear natives, teachers, and members,
    I checked the meaning of "range over", but yet the bold part of the following statement seems unclear to me. Could you explain it please?
    Thanks in advance!


    "Among more than 300 companies studied by Ponemon Institute, the average rate of lost and stolen laptops ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan."

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    Managing Risk and Information Security - Protect to Enable
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    Re: Meaning: (It) ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan

    It's not "ranged over."

    5 to 10 percent was the range.

    This range covers the time period of three years (the laptop's lifespan).

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    Re: Meaning: (It) ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan

    I clicked on the link but couldn't find the text you refer to.

    It's trying to say that there was 5-10% chance of a laptop being lost or getting stolen during the time it was at the company, which on average was 3 years.

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    Re: Meaning: (It) ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan

    Thanks for all the helpful replies.

    Yes, teechar. Sorry, the link refers to the book.
    Although your reply clarified the answer, here are some more lines of the paragraph.

    "We also experience laptop loss rates that are substantially lower than industry averages. Among more than 300 companies studied by the Ponemon Institute, the average rate of lost and stolen laptops ranged from 5 to 10 percent over a laptop's three-year lifespan. For the past several years, Intel's laptop loss rates have consistently been much lower than this, below 1 percent annually."

    The related part in Google Books

    From the same source mentioned in the first post

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