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    There is for or there is no for

    While I am getting older, I am more confused in the use of preposition.

    There should be for or no for in the 2 sentences.

    The registration procedure lasts for three minutes.
    The registration procedure lasts three minutes.

    I used this laptop for three times only.
    I used this laptop three times only.

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    Re: There is for or there is no for

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    While I am getting older, I am more confused in with the use of prepositions.

    There should be for or no for in the 2 sentences. Should there be a "for" in the two sentences?

    The registration procedure lasts for three minutes.
    The registration procedure lasts three minutes.

    I used this laptop for three times only.
    I used this laptop three times only.
    You do not need a "for" in the two sentences. There are no clear-cut rules on the use of prepositions. How do we learn prepositions?
    I think you get the feel of it, of what sounds right or natural, through lots of reading.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: There is for or there is no for

    You use "for" with durations, not with instances.

    So:

    "The registration procedure lasts for three minutes" is correct. "for" is actually optional in this sentence.

    "I have used this laptop for three times only" is incorrect. You must delete "for" for it to be grammatical.

    Using "for" with "times" is a common mistake made by non-native speakers.
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    Re: There is for or there is no for

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    You use "for" with durations, not with instances.

    So:

    "The registration procedure lasts for three minutes" is correct. "for" is actually optional in this sentence.

    "I have used this laptop for three times only" is incorrect. You must delete "for" for it to be grammatical.

    Using "for" with "times" is a common mistake made by non-native speakers.
    Can I treat "subscription fee for 3 months" as a noun phrase, and keep "for" in the sentence:

    "The saved money is enough to pay the subscription fee for three months".
    Last edited by bigC; 02-Aug-2017 at 01:17.

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    Re: There is for or there is no for

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    Can I treat "subscription fee for 3 months" as a noun phrase, and keep "for" in the sentence:

    "The saved money is enough to pay the subscription fee for three months".
    Yes, but you should write "the money saved".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: There is for or there is no for

    I only used this laptop three times works well for me.

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