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    With or without the preposition for

    Recently I ran into a sentence in “The Reader’s Digest”:
    My parents have been happily married 30 years.
    Is it correct? I think it should be
    My parents have been happily married for 30 years.
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    Re: With or without the preposition for

    It should be 'My parents have been happily married for 30 years'.

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    Re: With or without the preposition for

    Thanks, singulare 'year' was my misprint.

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    Re: With or without the preposition for

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    My parents have been happily married 30 years.
    Is it correct?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Hello, Northpath:

    I thought that this advice would interest you.

    It comes from Michael Swan's Practical English Usage (1995 edition, entry 439.7 on page 452).

    "In an informal [my emphasis] style, for is often [my emphasis] left out in expressions that say how long [my emphasis] something lasts."


    Mr. Swan's examples:

    "I've been here (for) three weeks now."

    "How long are you staying (for)?"

    *****

    I also read the Reader's Digest. As you know, that magazine likes snappy writing (no unnecessary words) so that articles do not bore people.

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