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    worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Dear Teachers,

    Are there any circumstances when one can say, for example: "I worked 3 years as a bartender" or "I worked as a bartender 3 years"? The person I often have arguments over English grammar with insists that it's correct and that there is a rule for that in English grammar books (such as Collins Cobuild English Usage). Only he says that this rule can be found in "non-pocket" editions (whatever it means when it comes to grammar books).
    So my question is: does the rule really exist or it's simply ungrammatical to say "I worked 3/5/10 years" instead of "I worked for 3/5/10 years"?

    Thank you in advance for your help :)

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    I can't think of any circumstances in which it would be correct. You will hear it used, however, I would advise any student against using it in a classroom or exam situation.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't think of any circumstances in which it would be correct. You will hear it used, however, I would advise any student against using it in a classroom or exam situation.
    Oh thank you so much, bhaisahab! :)

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Augustine06, clicking on the 'Thank' button can obviate the need for a new post saying 'Thank you'; such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    ... the many unwritten rules on this forum.
    That makes it sound as if the forum has a lot of hidden traps for the uninitiated. This forum has no more unwritten rules than any polite group of people has. The request/suggestion to use the 'Thanks' button is something we frequently post to tell members about something they may not have thought of - that submitting a new post to thank someone (a polite and commendable idea in itself) puts the thread in the list of new threads, People click on the thread, thinking someone may have posted some new thoughts only to find that the new thought is a message of thanks. That is why the administrators introduced the 'Thanks' button - to save people the slight frustration of not finding new information they expected to find.

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    I write 'many unwritten rules' because last year when I asked about unwritten rules, 5jj, a former moderator, told me that there were 'hundreds' in this post.

    Does 'hundreds' count as 'many'?
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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    The word 'hundreds' was followed by "We assume that most members are civilised people and don't need to be reminded of common courtesies, use of inappropriate language, avoidance of snarkiness, etc". The unwritten rules of this forum are the unwritten rules of any polite group of people, as I suggested in my last post. I don't think we need to suggest to members that this forum has many unwritten rules.

    If you have any more thoughts on this, I suggest you start a thread in the General Members Discussion forum so that we do not sidetrack this thread any more.
    Last edited by Piscean; 22-Oct-2015 at 11:56. Reason: typo fixed

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Augustine06 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Are there any circumstances when one can say, for example: "I worked 3 years as a bartender" or "I worked as a bartender 3 years"?
    While I agree with Bhai, that that construction is not grammatical, it is used, at least in AmE. It could be looked at as ellipsis of the word "for".

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    While I agree with Bhai, that that construction is not grammatical, it is used, at least in AmE. It could be looked at as ellipsis of the word "for".
    Thank you, MikeNewYork :) I know it is used. I just wanted to know whether there was a rule for that or not. Because the guy I'm having this argument with still insists that it's absolutely grammatical :)

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    Re: worked 3 years or worked for 3 years

    Without "for", it is not grammatical in my opinion.

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