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whats the difference between below two phrase

in next few years
over next few years.
whats the difference?
thanks for your help in advanceO(∩_∩)O

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    The difference is fairly subtle: "over the next few years" implies that the action or event will happen continuously or at least several times, while "in the next few years" does not.
    We will increase our costs over the next few years - means that costs will go up several times or continuously over the next few years.
    We will increase our costs in the next few years - means that costs will go up but it implies that it will happen one time that is a few years away.

     

    Yes, David's right. Another example:

    We expect that in the next few years, there will be another earthquake. Over the next few years, the people will be preparing themselves for an earthquake.

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