[Grammar] a year

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Kotfor

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I know that the right way to say would be

We have 5 lessons a day.

I wonder whether "in a day" is always wrong in this context?

We have 5 lessons in a day. (meaning every day)
 

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I know that the right way to say would be

We have 5 lessons a day.

I wonder whether "in a day" is always wrong in this context? We have 5 lessons in a day. (meaning every day)

It's OK/understandable, but not natural/typical.
 

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"We have five lessons a day" suggests regularity. An argument could be made for using "in a day" if it was a one-off and I would expect to see it in the past tense.

"I went to Turin for a week to learn Italian. I'm used to having three lessons a week here but during that trip to Turin, we had five lessons in a day!" You would also hear "... five lessons in one day!" in that context, with the stress on "one day!"
 
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