Sorry I will not able to check the attached reports because I have an important task to fulfill and that task might last two weeks.

What it is better to say, 'last two weeks' or 'take two weeks'?

  • You should probably not immediately accept the first answer you get! Wait and see if there are more answers - the first one is not always right.
    – stangdon
    Dec 11, 2017 at 13:30

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You should definitely say 'last'. As defined on Dictionary;

'occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place'

The other way describing, using 'take', means somewhat lazy, whereas 'last' means you will be continuously be working on said reports.

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    What do you mean "means somewhat lazy"? Take two weeks means nothing like that to this US English speaker.
    – stangdon
    Dec 11, 2017 at 13:29
  • When you say take, you mean that you will do it SOMEWHERE between 2 weeks, whereas 'last' would mean you are continuously making progress (working hard). Hope this clears it up.
    – Tyler
    Dec 11, 2017 at 13:32
  • When somebody tells me that something will take two weeks to complete, I interpret that as requiring two weeks to complete, not that they will do it somewhere in that time span.
    – Lars Mekes
    Dec 11, 2017 at 15:47
  • British English here, you shouldn't dislike just because of the cultural differences. I'm talking about how it would be seen in a professional workplace in the UK, and he can adapt it over to the US if that is where he is located.
    – Tyler
    Dec 11, 2017 at 15:50
  • If it's a culturally different thing, then that's fine, but we should also note in answers that the answer may be culturally specific. As a US English speaker, if somebody says, "It will take two weeks to paint the house properly", then I interpret that to mean "the process of painting the house requires two weeks", not that they will do it somewhere within the two week span. I would really like to see some confirmation of your interpretation from other BrE speakers.
    – stangdon
    Dec 11, 2017 at 18:09

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