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    Dancing (for) five years

    1. She has been dancing for five hours.
    2. She has been dancing five hours.

    I think both 1 and 2 of the above are acceptable. My question is which one more strongly suggests that she has been dancing continuously without any rest.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Dancing (for) five years

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    1. She has been dancing for five hours.
    2. She has been dancing five hours.

    I think both 1 and 2 of the above are acceptable. My question is which one more strongly suggests that she has been dancing continuously without any rest.

    Thank you.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Dancing (for) five years

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    1. She has been dancing for five hours.
    2. She has been dancing five hours.

    I think both 1 and 2 of the above are acceptable. My question is which one more strongly suggests that she has been dancing continuously without any rest.

    Thank you.
    They do equally. I like to leave the "for" in, but you're right, it's understood and accepted if you leave it out.

    [I'm not a teacher. I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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