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    Two three days ago

    "This is what I used to do two three days ago (I used to do it regularly but stopped doing it two three days ago)".

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    Re: Two three days ago

    Two or three days ago.

    Your parenthetical remark isn't part of the quotation, so put the closing quotation mark after ago.
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    Re: Two three days ago

    ... but, while "two or three" is correct, there is no way of accurately saying the written "two/three", so people quite often represent the slash with a pause: "two... three". This doesn't convey the absolute clarity of "two or three", which means "either two or three"; "I was away for two... three days" refers to a period ranging from 36 to 72 hours, not precisely 48 or 72.

    The "or" form is better in anything but a colloquial context though - especially in exams,

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    Re: Two three days ago

    Use until: until two or three days ago.

    If you're writing, use or: two or three days ago.

    If you're quoting a conversation or writing dialogue, put a comma between two and three: two, three days ago.

    An ellipsis (. . .) either means that unneeded words were removed or that there was a very long pause. A dash (-) there would also signal a very long pause. A slash (/) would be meaningless.
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    Re: Two three days ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Use until: until two or three days ago.

    If you're writing, use or: two or three days ago.

    If you're quoting a conversation or writing dialogue, put a comma between two and three: two, three days ago.

    An ellipsis (. . .) either means that unneeded words were removed or that there was a very long pause. A dash (-) there would also signal a very long pause. A slash (/) would be meaningless.
    "This is what I used to do until two or three days ago". Is it correct?

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    Re: Two three days ago

    Correction for post# 1.

    "This is what I used to do two or three days ago" (I used to do it regularly but stopped doing it two or three days ago).

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    Re: Two three days ago

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Correction for post# 1.

    "This is what I used to do until two or three days ago." (I used to do it regularly but stopped doing it two or three days ago.)

    Please check.
    Didn't I answer this two or three days ago?
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    #8

    Re: Two three days ago

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Correction for post# 1.

    "This is what I used to do two or three days ago" (I used to do it regularly but stopped doing it two or three days ago).

    Please check.
    tufguy, this is not a productive thing to do. You've done it to me too. It makes you look as if you haven't read half the posts. If you're going to post an amended sentence, at least write it with the information you've just been given. I notice you've done that in post #5, and then you post a 'correction' that you know to be wrong. Why?

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    #9

    Re: Two three days ago

    Sorry, I thought I had to post the exact question. I didn't know that I could post the amended question. I will bear it in mind in the future.
    Last edited by tufguy; 06-Jun-2016 at 07:26.

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