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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) I haven't been feeling well IN the past ten days.

2) I haven't been feeling well FOR the past ten days.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

Also, is it "I HAVEN'T BEEN FEELING well....." or "I HAVEN'T FELT well....."?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) I haven't been feeling well IN the past ten days.

2) I haven't been feeling well FOR the past ten days.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** They are both correct, and they mean the same.  Many times, prepositions can be changed without changing the meaning of the phrase.  This time is one of them.

NOTE:  If you want to make the statement stronger, using "during" instead of "in" or "for."

Also, is it "I HAVEN'T BEEN FEELING well....." or "I HAVEN'T FELT well....."?

*** Whether you use the simple or progressive form is your choice.  If you use "haven't been feeling well," the implication is that you are currently NOT feel well.  That's what the progressive form does . . . .  brings the progression to the present day.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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