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    #1

    three days in Paris

    Can one use:
    1) It was a nice trip. I was three days in Paris and four days in London.

    instead of:
    2) It was a nice trip. I was in Paris for three days and in London for four days.


    Can one use:
    3) He came out of prison and was arrested again a few days later. I think all in all he was six days out of prison.

    instead of:
    4) He came out of prison and was arrested again a few days later. I think all in all he was out of prison for six days.


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    #2

    Re: three days in Paris

    Only 2 and 4 are natural. Number 1 would work if you replace was with had.
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    #3

    Re: three days in Paris

    Alternatively, 1 would be OK if you changed the word order and added a preposition: It was a nice trip. I was in Paris for three days and in London for four.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: three days in Paris

    Thank you both very much,

    How about:

    5) I was three days out of prison when John contacted me.
    (Meaning: I had been out of prison for three days when John contacted me.)

    6) I was a week in Paris when I lost my passport.

    (Meaning: I had been in Paris for a week when I lost my passport)

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    #5

    Re: three days in Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one use:
    1) It was a nice trip. I was three days in Paris and four days in London.

    instead of:
    2) It was a nice trip. I was in Paris for three days and in London for four days.


    Can one use:
    3) He came out of prison and was arrested again a few days later. I think all in all he was six days out of prison.

    instead of:
    4) He came out of prison and was arrested again a few days later. I think all in all he was out of prison for six days.
    1. This is okay.

    3. This is grammatically correct, but I feel it is ambiguous. "...he was six days out of prison" suggests to me a point in time which was six days after he was released. The first sentence is talking about a duration. You could add, "... when he was taken back into custody" to resolve that.

    However, in this case, I prefer sentence #4.

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    #6

    Re: three days in Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you both very much,

    How about:

    5) I was three days out of prison when John contacted me.
    (Meaning: I had been out of prison for three days when John contacted me.)

    6) I was a week in Paris when I lost my passport.

    (Meaning: I had been in Paris for a week when I lost my passport)

    Gratefully,
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    Use the had been constructions.
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    #7

    Re: three days in Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    6) I was a week in Paris when I lost my passport.
    I would replace 'was' with 'had spent'.
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    #8

    Re: three days in Paris

    That's OK, but there is no need to change the verb itself. 'Had been', which GS suggested, is correct and natural.

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    #9

    Re: three days in Paris

    Number 1 sounds OK to me. Maybe I have been abroad too long.

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