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He stayed married over a quarter of a century.

This "over" has two possibilities? a time "over many years"

and "over" means more than?

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Yes, that's right. Over can have either meaning:

  1. He stayed married more than a quarter of a century.
  2. He stayed married for a quarter of a century.

Context could make one meaning or the other obvious, but in this case we have no context so all we can say is that it's ambiguous.

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