For much of the 1990s, the Czech political landscape was dominated by the Civic Democratic Party.

The most of the 1990s the Czech political landscape was dominated by the Civic Democratic Party.

I would like to ask whether two above sentences are grammatically correct (in terms of the time determination) and express the same thing.

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    The second is not correct. It should be "For most" and would read identical to the first with that change. "The most" is a comparison to a maximum quantity. "For most" means that a majority of the time period mentioned applies. – Michael Dorgan Nov 15 '17 at 20:00

In your example

For much of the 1990s

means you are trying to emphasize a duration of time.

You could also express it as

For most of the 1990s...
During most of the 1990s...

As @michaeldorgan points out the most is a type of comparison, and you might use

In the 1990s, the Czech political landscape was dominated the most by the Civic Democratic Party.

which has more emphasis on domination rather than duration, but could be understood to have the same meaning as your original sentence.

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    A side question: you wrote "For much of the 1990's", while OP wrote "For much of the 1990s". Are these two versions the same? If not, is there any difference? – dan Nov 16 '17 at 1:23
  • @dan You are correct here, thanks! – Peter Nov 16 '17 at 19:04
  • In fact, I'd asked this question in this site. It seems that different people hold different opinions for this! It's really interesting. You can review this if you are interested in: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/147318/the-1990s-vs-the-1990s – dan Nov 16 '17 at 19:10
  • Thankfully, they are both usually understood to be the same without ambiguity :) – Peter Nov 16 '17 at 19:15
  • According to this:english.stackexchange.com/questions/55970/…, it seems that 1990s is more acceptable to most of people now. – dan Nov 16 '17 at 19:20

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