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What preposition do we use for duration? till or for? e.g.

They will live in there for hundreds of years.

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They will live in there till hundreds of years.

  • The meanings are different. For a period of time, or till (until) a particular date or happening. – Kate Bunting May 24 '18 at 7:55
  • Since until mentions a specific time, you need some other phrase to indicate duration. The second example could be "They will live in there until hundreds of years have passed." – user3169 May 24 '18 at 21:08
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till uses a definite time to process the termination (Preposition, 1), e.g.

they lived there till 1890.

for describes a duration (Preposition, 5), e.g.

they lived there for a hundred years

  • Till is also used for actions/processes in time. Till the oven was hot. Till he passed away. Till they had crossed the sea. – Ronald Sole May 24 '18 at 10:37
  • @RonaldSole; your examples all use the idea of an event precipitating the end of a process, rather than a pre-defined duration (in theory anyway! - an oven set to 180C takes x minutes to get there I suppose) – JMP May 24 '18 at 10:41
  • like repeat...until versus a 'for' loop in computer control structures @RonaldSole – JMP May 24 '18 at 10:49
  • Agreed. My examples were intended only to complement your answer. – Ronald Sole May 24 '18 at 11:02

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