...last (for) three months.

beyazlale

Senior Member
TR
Hello,

"The English as a second language program at the University of Western Ontario lasts (for) three months."

Is it necessary to use "for" in this sentence? Or can I use "last" without "for" as well?

Thank you very much.
 
  • whynottail

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    To me, "last for" seems to carry a negative overtone like "survive" or "hold out", i.e. survive/hold out in the face of difficulties, like in-

    "The drought lasted for several months."
    "It's so hot in here. I don't think I can last for another minute."
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    To me, "last for" seems to carry a negative overtone like "survive" or "hold out",
    Not at all for me.

    He survived 3 months = He survived for 3 months.
    The course lasted 3 months = The course lasted for 3 months.

    I certainly would see no overtones, negative or positive, in either usage.
     
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