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    We have only known each other for a short time

    "We have only known each other for a short time."

    "We have only known each other a short time."

    I got the second sentence from mass effect in-game dialog and it just feels weird without the "for". Is there a difference between the two sentences? Or the first one is just wrong?

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    Re: about the preposition "for"

    Both are OK; the 'for' is optional.

    This pedant would put the 'only' before 'a short time'.

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