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Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:11:51 AM

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(1) It has been less than twelve days since the day of her death.

(2) It hasn't been twelve days since the day of her death.

(3) It has been less than a week since the day of her death.

(4) It hasn't been a week since the day of her death.

Which are correct?
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00:13 AM

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Hi Reiko07

Reiko07 wrote:
(1) It has been less than twelve days since the day of her death.

This is very formal, and perhaps in a formal sentence the strictly correct adjective should be used. I would suggest:

Formal: It has been fewer than twelve days since the day of her death.
Informal: It has been less than twelve days since she died.

(2) It hasn't been twelve days since the day of her death.

This does not sound natural to me, although I can't see anything grammatically incorrect. Usually this form would be used with an intensifier or other qualifier, such as:

It hasn't even been twelve days since she died.

(3) It has been less than a week since the day of her death.

This is correct (still formal), in my view.

(4) It hasn't been a week since the day of her death.

Same problem as the second example: It hasn't been a week yet ...

Which are correct?
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:36:37 AM
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I would also add to Nancy's answer to say that, usually we'd say "The day she died" - not the "day of her death". or even just " ...since she died."
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 4:11:38 PM

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Thanks, Nancy and Romany. Angel
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:56:26 PM

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Which of the following sentences sounds natural to you?

(5) It has been less than a week since the accident happened.

(6) It has been less than a week since the day of the accident.

(7) It has been less than a week since the day the accident happened.

(8) It has been less than a week since the day that the accident happened.

(9) It has been less than a week since the day when the accident happened.
NancyUK
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:22:58 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:

Which of the following sentences sounds natural to you?

(5) It has been less than a week since the accident happened.

(6) It has been less than a week since the day of the accident.

(7) It has been less than a week since the day the accident happened.

(8) It has been less than a week since the day that the accident happened.

(9) It has been less than a week since the day when the accident happened.


All of these sound absolutely fine to me with very little, if any, difference in meaning.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:03:52 PM

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Thanks, Nancy. Angel
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:51:18 PM

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Personally, just the way I speak, the first is "most natural". The others all look OK, though.

What I'd say is "It's less than a week since the accident."

The "customary way of speaking" is different in different areas and different parts of society.
I know that in Indian English, it is more 'natural' for a speaker to use more words. Numbers 7, 8 or 9 may sound better to someone who learned English there.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 9:45:16 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

It's less than a week since the accident.


Thanks. Angel

I'd assume the following:

(a) It's (= It is) less than a week since the accident.
This is British English.

(b) It's (= It has) been less than a week since the accident."
This is American English.
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