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    correctness 2/03

    Dear teachers,

    1) Is the preposition “for” optional in the following sentence or not?
    “I stayed there FOR a / one week”
    but you can’t say “I’ve been there FOR a week”, can you?

    2) Is it correct in English to say “how much time did you stay there” instead of “how much time did you spend there” or “How long did you stay there”?

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela

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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    1) Is the preposition “for” optional in the following sentence or not?
    “I stayed there FOR a / one week”
    but you can’t say “I’ve been there FOR a week”, can you?

    2) Is it correct in English to say “how much time did you stay there” instead of “how much time did you spend there” or “How long did you stay there”?

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela
    1: Yes, it's optional, but you can say “I’ve been here FOR a week”. (You could also say “I’ve been there for a week”, but I assume you're thinking of the French J'ai été là... [faux ami].

    2:. The first is wrong, the third is right, and the second is possible, in contexts like this:

    I spent a while in Coimbra in 1973.
    Oh yes, how much time did you spend there?

    [that is, you know someone has 'spent time there', and you want to find out how much.]

    (The details are irrelevant; they just have a certain autobiographical ring to them! )

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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Afterthought - I just noticed the 'a/one'.

    “I stayed there FOR a week”
    “I stayed there FOR one week”

    The first is fine; the second sounds a bit odd to my ear.

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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    1) Is the preposition “for” optional in the following sentence or not?
    “I stayed there FOR a / one week”
    but you can’t say “I’ve been there FOR a week”, can you?

    2) Is it correct in English to say “how much time did you stay there” instead of “how much time did you spend there” or “How long did you stay there”?

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela
    stay there for/- a week -- it is okay without the prep.

    “how much time did you stay there”
    “how much time did you spend there”
    “How long did you stay there


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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Hello Bob,

    What you mean by "I've been there for a week" is "je suis resté là-bas pendant une semaine"? Correct ?

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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello Bob,

    What you mean by "I've been there for a week" is "je suis resté là-bas pendant une semaine"? Correct ?

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    I think so, but I'm not sure of my French.

    "je suis resté là-bas pendant une semaine" definitely means "I've been there for a week" or "I've been over there for a week" (or some other preposition 'I've been up there' [N], 'I've been down there' [S]...)

    "je suis resté là pendant une semaine" means '...here...' n'est-ce pas?

    And can you say "je suis resté ici pendant une semaine"?

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    Re: correctness 2/03

    Dear Bob, I'll carry on this discussion under the thread "other languages" so that we won't be blamed for using French .

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