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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is/are correct?

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

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

3) I haven't been feeling well OVER the past few days.

4) I haven't been feeling well DURING the past few days.

If all four are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is/are correct?

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

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

3) I haven't been feeling well OVER the past few days.

4) I haven't been feeling well DURING the past few days.

If all four are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

*** All four are possible, and they all mean the same thing.

I would feel comfortable in using any one of them.  My preference,
however, is #2.  It "sounds" like the way I would speak.

I don't want to complicate this issue, but there are other synonyms
you could use.  For instance, "I haven't been feeling well THROUGHOUT
the past few days."

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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