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Our house is being decorated next summer for the first time in ten years.

What is the meaning of ‘in ten years’?

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This is quite simple

It means that the person who is decorating his/her house has not done it for last ten(10) years and is doing it for 1st time

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  • Why not use ‘within’ instead of ‘in’? Because ‘in’ can express ‘in the future’.
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:49
  • You can use within but in is also appropriate as in the sentence "is being" is used which shows a present task Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:51
  • Suppose your sentence becomes "Our house is being decorated next summer for the first time in next ten years.". Then it just doesn't make sense Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:53
  • Why not use ‘in the last ten years’? Because ‘in ten years’ might be misunderstood as ‘ in the future ten years’.
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:53
  • Yes you can use "in last ten years" but even if you dont use last the sentence is not suited for "in the future ten years" Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:55

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