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There was a gradual downward trend in the percentage of other worker's salaries over the period between 1979 and 2004.
There was a gradual downward trend in the percentage of other worker's salaries during the period from 1979 to 2004.
There was a gradual downward trend in the percentage of other worker's salaries over the 25 period.
One use over and between, One use during and from...to... One use over+number+period
both are right?
what's the difference?are they all right?
in the 1940s during the 1940s by 1940 in 1940 around 1940


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There was a gradual downward trend in the percentage of other worker's salaries over the 25 year period.

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    I've posted this answer again because when I posted it as a comment the spaces were missing and it was impossible to read.


    in the 1940s = between 1940 and 1949
    during the 1940s = the same as in the 1940's

    by 1940 = sometime before 1940 something happened that was then true in 1940,

    eg By 1940, the pilot Jacqueline Cochran held seventeen official national and international speed records

    In the US, by the late 1930s and early 1940s, swing had become the most popular musical style and remained so for several years

    in 1940 = in the year of 1940

    eg. What happened to France after the French surrendered to Germany in 1940?

    around 1940 = roughly around that year, but maybe a little earlier or a little later.

    eg. I remember there was a lady living in the old house around 1940 who disappeared, we never knew where she went.

    - The person who remembers this doesn't know for sure when she disappeared but places the memory at about 1940.

    This is what my teachers taught me:

    "Over" sometimes means from the beginning to the end of a period of time.
    :During" sometimes means at a certain point within that period of time.

    IF you accept this idea, then maybe your sentences mean something like:


    1. There was a downward trend OVER the period between 1979 and 2004.

    a. That is, the downward trend started in 1979 and continued to go downward until 2004.

    2. There was a downward trend DURING the period between 1979 and 2004.

    a. That is, the downward occurred at some time within the period of 1979 - 2004. Let's say that the downward trend started in 1983 but that it did not really change too much after that point.

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