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Which preposition fits best in my example? Options
luckyguy
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:58:01 AM
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I am going to make up an example below.

(ex) I am very sleepy today because I did not have enough sleep "for" or "during" or "over" the last four nights.

Which preposition fits best in my example? Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:55:03 AM

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According to my personal preferences, I would say "during" is best; "for" works well, too.

I don't particularly like "over" for this use, but it is fairly common and widely accepted in American English.

Michel Merlin
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I agree with "NKM". I would add: for us non-native English speakers, "during" while may be less elegant and native-like, is the clearer hence the less ambiguous in some long phrases.
Versailles, Sat 18 Mar 2017 17:19:55 +0100
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Bonjour Michel (a wizard!) Welcome to the forum.

I am English, and I agree with you and NKM.

I think that 'during' is the most clear.

However, 'over' and 'for' work well, too.
I like 'over' better than 'for'. - but that is purely my opinion.

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Wilmar (USA)
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I vote for "none of the above". In my necks of the woods, you would hear the following: I am very sleepy today because I did not have enough sleep the last four nights.
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luckyguy wrote:
I am going to make up an example below.

(ex) I am very sleepy today because I did not have enough sleep "for" or "during" or "over" the last four nights.

Which preposition fits best in my example? Thanks.


In addition to the great above answers, I think replacing the past simple for the present perfect will make all prepositions fit perfectly into your examples: I am very sleepy today because I haven't had enough sleep for/during/over the last four nights.

I would, personally, choose either for or over.

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