look for something (for)

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CarloSsS

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Do I need "for" in front of the time adverbial in the sentence below?

I was looking for my pen (for) about five minutes.

I think it sounds more natural with "for" but is it acceptable without it?
 

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Do I need "for" in front of the time adverbial in the sentence below?

I was looking for my pen (for) about five minutes.

I think it sounds more natural with "for" but is it acceptable without it?

No, it's not acceptable without "for".
 
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