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New post 02 Nov 2004, 19:59
Is there a rule which tells us when to use Over, During etc


220. For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788, England exiled some 160,000 criminals to Australia.

A. For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788,
B. Beginning in 1788 for a period of a hundred years,
C. Beginning a period of almost a hundred years, in 1788
D. During a hundred years, a period beginning in 1788,
E. Over a period of a hundred years beginning in 1788

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New post 03 Nov 2004, 15:05
My answer is E, answer 'D' does not sound right.
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Yes E for me as well.

All the other choices are ambiguous or redundant.

You usually talk about over the period. This period began in 1788. remove the middle part and the sentence read "Over the period, England"
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New post 04 Nov 2004, 08:37
During is generally used to refer to a generic time of an event as in "during the war", "during a blizard" etc. Normally you won't use during to indicade specefic period of time. Here in this example E fits well.
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New post 04 Nov 2004, 11:38
E for me as well.

Over a period of time is idiomatic...

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