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    in or for?

    Where is Simosito these days? We haven't heard from him in ages!!!
    Where is Simosito these days? We haven't heard from him for ages!!!

    Which one is correct?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: in or for?

    Where is Simosito these days? We haven't heard from him for ages!!!

    this is the correct because it relates to perfect tense>

    examples:

    I have been waiting you for 30 minutes.

    he has lived in london since 1980.


    hope it gets sense to you

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    Re: in or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    this is the correct because it relates to perfect tense>

    examples:

    I have been waiting you for 30 minutes.

    he has lived in london since 1980.


    hope it gets sense to you
    Thanks, but how about the first one? Did you mean the first sentence is not correct?

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    #4

    Re: in or for?

    Hello,
    My post won't answer your original question whether it is right or wrong usage .

    I went to BNC and searched for “in ages .”, “for ages .” at the end of a sentence. (note the full stop)

    There are 154 matches for “for ages .” and 8 for “in ages”.
    Where one example wasn't in perfect tense:
    It's the firs time in ages .

    I think most of it was used for a stylistic purpose.

    Cheers,

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    Re: in or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Where is Simosito these days? We haven't heard from him in ages!!!
    Where is Simosito these days? We haven't heard from him for ages!!!

    Which one is correct?

    Thanks so much.
    The second sentence is correct in BrE. I think you may find that the first one is principally AmE.

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    Re: in or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The second sentence is correct in BrE. I think you may find that the first one is principally AmE.
    Thanks bhaisahab. I think the second one is correct in all Englishes. But maybe the first one is acceptable in AME.


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    Re: in or for?

    Brit. Eng. is 'for ages' and Amer. Eng. is 'in ages'; but I don't think that this distinction is as clear as 'boot/trunk' 'bonnet/hood' and 'lift/elevator'.
    Although a Brit., I have a feeling that 'in ages' pops out of my mouth more than 'for'.

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    Re: in or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Brit. Eng. is 'for ages' and Amer. Eng. is 'in ages'; but I don't think that this distinction is as clear as 'boot/trunk' 'bonnet/hood' and 'lift/elevator'.
    Although a Brit., I have a feeling that 'in ages' pops out of my mouth more than 'for'.
    I have been studying, playing and working with people who speak AME as well as BE (and of course others Englishes) so my English is a hybrid of the two. Should I force myself follow only one of those?

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    Smile Re: in or for?

    Do not force yourself to do anything, just have fun, go with the flow, enjoy it, don't miss the opportunity, expose yourself to as many "Englishes" as you can. Learn English, not BrE or AmE.

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    Re: in or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Although a Brit., I have a feeling that 'in ages' pops out of my mouth more than 'for'.
    I guess it is due to the time you had been to the US.

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