over fifteen years

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over fifteen years

Post by navi » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:43 am

Which are correct:

1) She is a woman you consider to be one of your best friends in the last fifteen years.
2) She is a woman you consider to be one of your best friends for fifteen years.

3) She is a woman you consider to be one of your best friends in over fifteen years.
4) She is a woman you consider to be one of your best friends in fifteen years.

5) he is a woman you consider to be one of your best friends over fifteen years.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Re: over fifteen years

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:55 pm

I realise that it's fashionable these days for men to pretend to be women, but I particularly struggled with 5). :wink:

None of these laboured and unnatural-sounding format variations would ever be used by a native speaker of English.

Firstly, it's not necessary to point out that a woman is also 'she'. Secondly, unless the underlying intention of the statement is to question the sincerity of the person being addressed, it is unnecessary to say that that person considers the woman to be one of their best friends. Either the woman is one of their best friends or she isn't.

The simplest, directest way to express the concept is, "This woman has been one of your best friends for fifteen years".
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