# What is the difference between "five days' work" and "five days' worth of work"?

What is the difference between these two constructions:

a) I've done five days' worth of work.
b) I've done five days' work.

Example (a): I've done five days' worth of work in only two days!
Example (b): Great! Thanks to you, my five days' work goes down the drain!

Do they mean the following:

a) I have done as much work as I normally do within five days' time.
b) The amount of work that I have done within five days.

• There is a nuance difference, but not without a context of time in the example a). You can do five days' worth of work in three days if you're working extra hard or extra long hours. Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 11:02
• kaipmdh, I edited my question and added more context. Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 11:34
• Related but not a duplicate: {days / days'} worth of stuff?, the meaning of “*'s worth of” Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 13:49

I would understand the two expressions just as you said. Live examples:

How to Complete a Week’s Worth of Work in One Day source

A week's worth of work clearly means "the amount of work that would normally take a week"

Some have advocated for four days of work, followed by 10 days of lockdown. source

This clearly refers to an actual length of time.

However these division aren't rigid:

Shortening the work week could mean axing important tasks as five days of work are crammed into four. source

So you must always read in context

• Thank you, James! Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 9:48