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    in vs over vs during the last five weeks

    I have a lot of trouble figuring out how "in", "over" and "during" are different when it comes to verb tenses. I am going to make up three similar sentences below.

    (1) In the last five weeks, I looked for the best deal on computers. Yesterday, I bought one at a very low price.

    (2) Over the last five weeks, I looked for the best deal on computers. Yesterday, I bought one at a very low price.

    (3) During the last five weeks, I looked for the best deal on computers. Yesterday, I bought one at a very low price.

    I've heard from my non-native English speaking friends that you have to use the present perfect tense when you use "in" or "over" the last five weeks. That leaves me with the only choice of "during" that works with the simple past.

    Is (3) the only correct one as far as the verb tense is concerned? Please answer my question. Thank you very much.


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