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Okay, I'm struggling with something that seems really simple.

Although every effort is made to deliver orders by the requested date, we cannot guarantee delivery in less than 2 business days

I'm the one who rejoiced when the supermarket changed its signs to read "12 items or fewer," so it's not that I don't know the difference between fewer and less.

But I'm considering "2 business days" as a block, not as two countable days (since it could be four days if there is a weekend in the middle) and think that "less than" works. I think that "under" is too informal. I think that "in fewer than" just sound odd in this case.

Am I losing my marbles? (Please, American experts - this is a local thing that doesn't need to work world-wide.)

Thanks guys!

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Hi Barb

The vote from Connecticut is that 'less' is just fine. (Less than a specific amount of time.)

EDIT:
There is a good usage note here .
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Amy, thanks!

This is just what I was looking for to show (myself) that I wasn't totally misguided: Less than can be used before a plural noun that denotes a measure of time, amount, or distance.

Okay, I'm happy about my sentence now.

(What I really wanted to write was "Look, bucko, if your act wasn't together enough so that you only ordered them the day before you had to actually have them in hand, then I may not be able to help you!" But somehow, that didn't seem the right way to phrase it. Nonetheless, it was cathartic just writing it here.)
Grammar Geek(What I really wanted to write was "Look, bucko, if your act wasn't together enough so that you only ordered them the day before you had to actually have them in hand, then I may not be able to help you!" But somehow, that didn't seem the right way to phrase it. Nonetheless, it was cathartic just writing it here.)
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Less than can be used before a plural noun that denotes a measure of time, amount, or distance.
That gets my California vote too! Who in their right mind is going to say "He is fewer than 40 years old"? Or "It cost me fewer than $10"?

(But I wouldn't use bucko!)

CJ
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Yeah, I had to reluctantly shelve the "bucko" language.

Thanks so much for your input. I really thought I was losing it. I shouldn't over-think these things.