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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:53:38 PM
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The doctor agreed to monitor her condition for/over the next few days before deciding whether to carry out the operation.

Which is the correct preposition?

Thanks.
TMe
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:08:21 PM

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Both can work, but 'for' is better. IMO.

I am a layman.
Islami
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:19:59 PM
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The doctor agreed to monitor her condition for/over the next few days before deciding whether to carry out the operation.

I would write it as;

On our(my) request the doctor(surgeon?) agreed to monitor her condition for the next few days before deciding about the operation.

Still better;

After considering all the clinical reports, the doctor(surgeon?) decided to monitor the condition of the patient for a few days to decide about the operation. IMO

We cannot make the doctor agree on our logic. He is to take recourse to the best medical treatment or surgical procedure.

Just because the writer of an article is British doesn't mean that they use English correctly-DragOnspeaker.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:14:46 PM

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Hello Koh Elaine.
I agree with TMe, partly.

Either will work, and you may hear both of them.
The doctor may have agreed with the surgeon to monitor the patient, or anything. The original sentence does not say the doctor agree with my suggestion.

The difference (if one wanted to be very precise) is:

"To monitor the patient for the next few days" means that the patient would be watched for every second during the few days. She may be in hospital with monitor machines rather than a person watching, but it would be constant.
"To monitor the patient over the next few days" means that the patient would be checked at regular intervals during the next few days - probably with instructions to report to the doctor any changes or symptoms as they occurred.



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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:05:55 PM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.
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