[General] I paid off my loans for / over six months.

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I paid off my loans for six months. VS. I paid off my loans over six months.

I think that they are synonymous in this case.

What do you native English speakers think? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.
 

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As your question was answered here three hours before you posted it in this forum, I don't understand why tou are posting it here.
 

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Thank you and I am sorry but because I could not understand "I paid off my loans over six months. Does this mean I paid my loans more than six months. It also mean I paid all my loans. ", I wanted to ask people here for help. Thank you as usual though.
 

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I paid off my loans over six months = Over the course of the time period of six months, I gradually paid money until I no longer owed any money on any loans. At the beginning of the six-month period, I owed money. At the end of that six-month period, I had finished paying what I owed.

I lost twenty kilos in weight over six months = At the beginning of the six-month period I weighed twenty kilos more than I did at the end of the six-month period.

1st January 2012 - Weight: 95 kilos.
30th June 2012 - Weight: 75 kilos.
Weight loss over six months: 20 kilos.
 

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Thank you and then how about I paid off my loans for six months?

It implies that I still had some loans to pay off or it also could imply that I finished paying off?
 

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Thank you and then how about I paid off my loans for six months?

It implies that I still had some loans to pay off or it also could imply that I finished paying off?

It's not natural. You might say "I've been paying off my loans for six months" and that suggests that you have not finished paying them off yet.
 

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Thank you and then how about I paid off my loans for six months?

It implies that I still had some loans to pay off or it also could imply that I finished paying off?

This was Mr M's response in the other forum:

"I paid off my loans for six months.
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Then what did you do? That sentence does not convey the meaning that you paid off all your loans."

Once again, I don't understand why you asked the question again here. Those of us who answer questions on forums have limited free time. It is frustrating to spend time answering a question for somebody, only to discover that they have already had that question answered. It is legitimate to say, "I have been told that X is incorrect because .... Do you agree with it?' It is, however, potentially time-wasting simply to pose a question as if you had no idea of the answer.
 
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