This is the first time in over 30 years that our team has made it to the champion finals.

▪If I omit the preposition "in", will there be any change in meaning of that sentence? Because, I think "over" in this sentence neans "during", so there is no need to use extra "in" before "over".

▪If I omit "over" then does it mean during? Like: this is the first time during 30 years?

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Hi Toaha,

It’s true that in/during/over are sometimes interchangeable as prepositions of time, but not in this case where in your sentence “over” means “more than”, so it cannot be omitted. It means: In 30+ years this is the first time... So yes, there will be a change to the meaning if you drop it.

I think “in” can be understood as “during” here although it can’t really be replaced that way. For a duration of how long without an indicator of when, we use “in 30 days”. With an indicator of when we may say “in/during/over the last 30 days”.

In conclusion, I’m afraid the normally versatile during has no place in your sentence. It can replace neither in nor over.

Last edited by Kinto

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