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I have trouble with a phrase:

Potential investors study were carried out for the period 2008 - 2012.

This should mean that I've analyzed a documents published between 2008 and 2012. Is this the meaning that that conveys, or there is some better way to say what I mean to say here?

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"The period 2008–2012" includes reports published from January 2008 to December 2012, and will certainly suffice if that is what you intend. That is, the years are inclusive.

Typophiles amongst us will recommend the use of an en-dash rather than a hyphen.

There is a problem with "Potential investors study were..." though. Study is singular and cannot take were. Either use "studies were" or "study was"; if you use "study was" you will also need an article the/a at the start of the sentence.

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