If Paul could turn the clock back

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Is it correct to say "stays in prison"?

If Paul could turn the clock back, he would have finished university, got a good education, settled down and married. Now, his life was a mess: alcohol and drug abuse, petty crimes, recurrent convictions and stays in prison.
 

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I would use "could turn back the clock" instead.
 
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... but 'turn the clock back' is fine, too.

I'd say 'prison sentences' instead of 'stays in prison'.
 
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Is it correct to say "stays in prison"?

It's not really wrong, but stays makes it sound like prison is a hotel. Spells or stretches might work.
 

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In American English, we'd probably say "gotten," but Britons might prefer "got."
 

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