Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It's 100% free, no registration required.


1) The meeting lasted two hours.
2) The drought lasted for several months.

These sentences are from Cambridge Dictionary. My question is - Why is there a preposition used in second sentence but not in first?

share|improve this question
1  

1 Answer 1

In this case the preposition is optional.

The meeting lasted for two hours.

and

The drought lasted several months.

are both valid ways to construct the sentences in addition to the versions you posted. The meaning doesn't change.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.