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.


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! Jul 31 '20 at 9:48

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