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    We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    Before we get promoted to the next grade; we will have ten days time.
    Before we get promoted to the next grade; we will have ten day's time.


    Should we use indefinite article "a"?

    Before we get promoted to the next grade; we will have a ten days time.
    Before we get promoted to the next grade; we will have a ten day's time.


    Can we also use the following with "of"?

    Before we get promoted to the next grade; we will have ten days of time.

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    Re: We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    None of them is natural. I am not sure exactly what you mean. Are you going to be promoted ten days from now?
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    Re: We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    For a start, all the semicolons should be commas.

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    Re: We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    None of them is natural. I am not sure exactly what you mean. Are you going to be promoted ten days from now?
    I mean you have vacations after you have your final exams, then the result is announced and then you get promoted to the next grade.

    So I am talking about that gap, that time period when your final exams are over and you have a few days to enjoy yourself before you start taking classes at the next grade.

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    Re: We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    We will have a ten-day break after our exams before starting classes for the next grade.
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    Re: We will have ten days time/ten day's time and indefinite article "a".

    I think this is actually a natural way of speaking, but certainly rather uncommon these days, and certainly unusual in this case.

    The correct form should be: "we will have ten days' time."

    Because ten days is plural, you don't need an indefinite article and the apostrophe cannot go before the plural -s. It's a possessive form so the apostrophe goes after the -s. (The meaning is similar to your suggestion: "ten days of time".)

    I would say the use is to emphasise the duration of a period. It's most commonly used with in to refer to a future point, as in:

    I'll still be waiting in two years' time!

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