I know all the meanings of the word but i don't know how to use the noun in sentence. "You can't do a six years work span in one year" Is this sentence correct? What i mean is that you cannot do six years worth work in one year.

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    You’ve got the noun there, not the verb. The new bridge will span the river just south of the city.
    – Jim
    Dec 31, 2016 at 18:08
  • You are right, and i meant the noun . It has multiple meanings, i think it is clear which one i mean . Just want to check if this sentence is correct or not
    – Karitani
    Dec 31, 2016 at 18:18
  • Your cannot do six years' worth work in one year is idiomatically normal, but it's not natural to include the word span in such statements. I think it's for the same reason it would be "unnatural" to say You can't pour a quart volume into a pint pot. Dec 31, 2016 at 18:20
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    But you might get away with, “You can’t do six years worth of work in the span of one year.”
    – Jim
    Dec 31, 2016 at 18:22

1 Answer 1


The idiomatic phrase you are looking for is

You can't do a six years worth of work in one year.

using span would not be appropriate in your sentence, if you used "in the span of one year" it would be understandable but redundant, or if you used "six year span of work" you would be referring to the time span of work, not the amount of work.

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