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    What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    I found this phrase "eight-point-three days" in the book and I don't know what does it mean. Should I understand it as "few days"? I'd appreciate help :)

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline_3 View Post
    I found this phrase "eight-point-three days" in the book and I don't know what does it mean. Should I understand it as "few days"? I'd appreciate help :)
    All I can determine is it means 8.3 days, which is odd.

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    All I can determine is it means 8.3 days, which is odd.

    Not if you're talking about averages.
    Average number of days from order to delivery, average number of days of a typical vacation, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Perhaps Caroline is asking about its literal meaning, which is "a total of eight days and three tenths of a day".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    What is the context? What sort of book is it?

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Well, I should have put the whole sentence here in the first place, but I forgot. Here it is:

    "So, anyway, it would't be fair to start something with Josh when it would just crash and burn in approximately eight-point-three days or four dates, whitchever came first"

    Should I understand it as not whole nine days? Something like "by the end of ninth day"?

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline_3 View Post
    Well, I should have put the whole sentence here in the first place, but I forgot. Here it is:

    "So, anyway, it would't be fair to start something with Josh when it would just crash and burn in approximately eight-point-three days or four dates, whitchever came first"

    Should I understand it as not whole nine days? Something like "by the end of ninth day"?
    It just means a relatively short time.

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Thank You for all the replies and clearing this up for me :)

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline_3 View Post
    Well, I should have put the whole sentence here in the first place, but I forgot. Here it is:

    "So, anyway, it would't be fair to start something with Josh when it would just crash and burn in approximately eight-point-three days or four dates, whitchever came first"

    Should I understand it as not whole nine days? Something like "by the end of ninth day"?
    Yes, the context is helpful. It appears to me that she just made up "8.3 days" to be facetious.

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    Re: What does "eight-point-three days" mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It just means a relatively short time.
    ... and specifying a short time in very precise terms, for comic effect.

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