# Thread: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

1. ## I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

A person was sent to the jail. He spent there twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days. What would he say when he comes out of the jail (I know he can say I spent almost twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in jail)? "I was released when it was only two days in the completion of twenty three years." Or "by the time I came out about twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days had already completed."

2. ## Re: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

I'm a former English teacher, so I'll try this. There are a couple of ways you could say this. (Use numerals for numbers larger than ten.)

1. "I was in jail 21 years and 363 days." (It's correct, but it's not preferable.)
2. "I was in jail nearly 22 years." (This is preferable because it's more succinct.)
3. "I spent nearly 22 years in jail." (See #2.)
4. "I spent 22 years, minus two days, in jail." (This would get the point across that the person was in jail only slightly less than 22 years, if that matters.)

Hope that helps.

3. ## Re: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

Many would just say 22 years- what's two days in this amount of time?

4. ## Re: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

That's right.

I was a teacher for 39 years and 10 months. I always call that 40 years.

Nobody's ever checked or said I was a liar.

5. ## Re: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

In a Count of Monte Cristo revenge tale, the exact time would matter. In most contexts, it wouldn't.

6. ## Re: I spent twenty one years and three hundred and sixty three days in prison.

Originally Posted by Tdol
Many would just say 22 years- what's two days in this amount of time?
No I was saying that sometimes we want to be more specific about what we say.

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