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What is the difference between these two sentences?

My expensive shoes only lasted a month.
My expensive shoes only lasted for a month.

  1. Could we omit “for“?
  2. Does the phrase “a month” always indicate the past tense?

Thanks very much

  • to last for some amount of time. to last an amount of time. Easily found. – Lambie Dec 3 '19 at 22:47
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Could we omit “for“?

Yes, for is optional here.

Does the phrase “a month” always indicate the past tense?

No. For example I could say

I am going to Europe for a month next year.

(Note: I can't explain the specific rule, but for is not optional in this example. I suppose it's idiomatic whether for is require, optional, or not allowed for each particular verb)

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