"over" and "in"


What is the difference between "over the past five months" and "in the past five months"?


asked Apr 17 '11 at 09:55 CF LOK Contributor

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You normally use 'over' top emphasise changes occuring between the time before five months and now.  You normally would use 'in' to emphasise the brevity of time.  For example, 'In one week, I will finish school.' or 'We finished the project in three months.' 

link answered Apr 18 '11 at 17:20 Kimberly Expert

Thank you very much! CF LOKApr 19 '11 at 04:55

As a second thought, if "in" is used, there would be no article "the", right? i.e. over the past six months (not "over six months"); in six months (not "in the past six months") CF LOKApr 28 '11 at 15:25

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As I see it, the difference is here:

-"Over" takes advantage of all the time mentioned, or most of the time.

-"In" might refer to several instances of the situation at the time period mentioned.



I might be wrong; all my answers are just the way I feel it. I am not a native speaker :)

link answered Apr 18 '11 at 17:21 Vitaliy Kolesov New member

No really understand what you mean. :) CF LOKApr 19 '11 at 04:56

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