Build 10 years vs Build for 10 years

< Previous | Next >

Arthur S.

Senior Member

If a building took 10 years to be built, can I say, 'It was built 10 years' or 'It was built for ten years'.

Do both of my examples sound correct?

Thank you.
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Both are wrong.
    The first is simply incorrect. The second means it was built to last ten years (i.e. it was intended to have a life of ten years).
    You could say that it has been under construction for ten years. Or, similar to your original, it took ten years to build.
    < Previous | Next >