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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    IN A SPAN OF two days

    A friend's father died and I was telling one of my friends about how he died. I said, "Everything happened so fast, only in a span two days. He had a heart attack on the first day and the very next day he died."

    1) "Everything happened so fast, only in a span two days."

    I have no idea where I learned 'in a span of' it just came out of my mouth. Did I use it correctly and is it idiomatic?

    2) "He had a heart attack (on the first day) and the very next day he died."

    Does this sentence sound good? It seems to me like 'on the first day' is wrong here as I none of knows exactly when he died.
    Last edited by Ashraful Haque; 12-Nov-2019 at 14:06. Reason: Typo

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    Re: IN A SPAN OF two days

    It's not natural for me. However, "in the space of just two days" would work.

    I don't like the use of "on the first day" in the final sentence. I might use something like "He had a heart attack one day and by the next day, he was dead", or "He had a heart attack on Monday and died the next day".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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