in the years 1990, 2000, and 2010

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kira_moondance, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. kira_moondance Senior Member

    The phrases "in the years 1990, 2000, and 2010" appeared in my essay topic. Can I use something like "over the period of twenty years from 1990 to 2010" in the place of that phrase? I wonder if they are the same since they used "in three different years" and "over the three years shown" in the model answer.

    "The charts below show degrees granted in different fields at the National University in the years 1990, 2000, and 2010. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant."
  2. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    No; they're not the same. You seem to be talking about degrees granted in three distinct years—1990, 2000, and 2010. That is not the same as degrees granted "over the period of 20 years"; the latter phrase would refer to degrees granted in each of the 20 years (actually 21 years, if both 1990 and 2010 are included).
  3. Madrid829 Senior Member

    US English, Great Lakes area
    I agree with Parla.

    If you're looking to be more concise, I'd cut out "the years." So, the National University in 1990, 2000, and 2010.
  4. kira_moondance Senior Member

    Thanks for your helps. Actually, I quoted the exact sentences and it was "at the National University". It was one of the essay topics in Barron's IELTS practice exams.

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