he had not eaten in/for two days

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Average_Jack

Member
Russian - Russia
Hello.

Could you, please, explain the difference between:

'He had not eaten in two days'

and

'He had not eaten for two days'.

Thank you.
 
  • RedwoodGrove

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Virtually none. I would have to think that "for" echoes the description of passage of time: "For two days he rode out the storm." Then "in" would reference more the exact period of time: "In two days time we will be expected to arrive." It's subtle at best.
     
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