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Is this sentence correct?

The man died in less than a month since the start of his fast.

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No, it's incorrect. It should be something like this:

The man died less than a month from the start of his fast.

You can say:

It's been less than a month since he began his fast, but he's died.
He died less than a month from the beginning of his fast.
In less than a month from the beginning of his fast, he died.
Since [time reference, not synonymous with because] he began his fast, he's had heart trouble, stomach problems, and psychological traumas.

Since is a difficult word for EFL students to use properly. This link gives some good examples of proper usage.

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    +1, excellent answer; the alternative forms you wrote are exemplary.
    – user114
    May 18, 2013 at 8:50
  • You should explain that "since" is used with an ongoing action which began at the time named while "from" is used for a short completed action which began after the delay named.
    – David42
    Aug 26, 2016 at 14:43

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