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    Preposition in versus for

    Recently I heard in an American movie when a teenager said:
    I haven’t brushed my teeth in three days.
    Instead of
    I haven’t brushed my teeth for three days.
    Is this acceptable?
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    Re: Preposition in versus for

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: Preposition in versus for

    And it is acceptable in British English too.

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    Re: Preposition in versus for

    So, do I really can say:
    My parents have been married in thirty-nine years.
    An average candle will burn in about six hours.
    Hi Jack, I haven't seen you in ages.

    ?

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    Re: Preposition in versus for

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    So, do can I really can say the following?

    1. My parents have been married in thirty-nine years.
    2. An average candle will burn in about six hours.
    3. Hi Jack, I haven't seen you in ages.

    ?
    1. No.
    2. Yes.
    3. Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Preposition in versus for

    Thanks, what's the rule of thumb?

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    Re: Preposition in versus for

    I don't think there is a rule.

    My parents have been married for thirty-nine years.
    My parents got married in 1977.

    An average candle will burn in about six hours = that is how long it takes to be fully consumed.
    An average candle will burn for about six hours = that is how long it will last.
    For all practical purposes, they have the same meaning.

    Hi Jack, I haven't seen you in ages = it's been ages since I saw you. (perfectly natural)
    Hi Jack, I won't be seeing you again for ages, BUT
    I've been waiting here for ages. (You can't use 'in')
    I haven't been here in ages.
    I am not a teacher

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