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(A)"I read a book from page 1 to page 20."

I would like to change this sentence using 'pages'.

(B)"I read a book ( for / by ) 20 pages."

Which is the correct preposition, 'for' or 'by'?
The sentence (A) and (B) both mean the same thing.
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Neither of your B options are grammatically correct.

You can say 'I read 20 pages of a book'.
Thank you for your response.

"I read a book from page 1 to page 20."

Is this sentence gramatically correct?
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AnonymousThank you for your response.

"I read a book from page 1 to page 20."

Is this sentence gramatically correct?
It is gramatically correct. I'm not sure how often you would use such a sentence. Perhaps you want something like "I read a book 20 pages at a time".
I've just read pages 1 to 20 from that book.
I've been reading pages 1 to 20 from that book.
Yesterday, I read pages 1 to 20 from that book.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 1:37:19 PM


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Hi guys,

I don't see anything wrong with something like

"I read a book for 20 pages." ( The implication is that, after that, I stopped reading. )

Best wishes, Clive
CliveI don't see anything wrong with something like
"I read a book for 20 pages." ( The implication is that, after that, I stopped reading. )
Neither do I. It's just not specific in terms of the exact pages involved.
Hi Marius,

I don't understand. You don't think 20 is a specific number?

Best wishes, Clive
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