Sat 15 Aug, 2009 02:09 am
"The table shows Chinese company profits for the period 1986-90. "
Could I use “in“or "during" instead of “for” in this sentence? And which one is better?
"For" is more precise; it implies that the profits were derived from the trading carried out during that period, and distinguishes them from any other profits that might have been received during that period but which were derived from trading carried out in an earlier period. I advise leaving the wording alone.