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Dear Ted:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) I have been sick FOR the last few days.

2) I have been sick IN the last few days.

If so, which would you use?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) I have been sick FOR the last few days.

2) I have been sick IN the last few days.

If so, which would you use?

*** I would NEVER use #2.  The first sentence is correct.  You can also say DURING the
last 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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