Person A wants person B to drink the juice they made over two days, i.e. they don't want them to drink it all on the first day, and so they tell person B, "Drink this over two days". Can they also say, "Drink this over a period of two days"? Are both correct? Is there any other way to say this?

  • You can say "Don't drink this all at once, but finish it a little at a time over two days." The phrase "a period of" is redundant and doesn't make the instruction any clearer.
    – TimR
    Sep 7, 2016 at 9:35

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Yes, it is correct, over/during (a period of) two days:

One of the meaning and usage of over refers to:

  • during something, or while doing something:
    • I was in Seattle over the summer. Shall we discuss it over lunch/over a drink? They took/spent an hour over lunch (= their meal lasted an hour). It's fascinating to watch how a baby changes and develops over time (= as time passes).

(Cambridge Dictionary)


Although in your example the phrase "over two days" is clearly used to mean over a period of two days, the phrase is frequently used to mean "more than" two days.

For example: It took over two days to finish the work.

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