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Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct?

1) He is ten days behind with the rent.

2) The rent was due ten days ago.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

Also, are there other ways to express this concept?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Are the following sentences correct?

1) He is ten days behind with the rent.

2) The rent was due ten days ago.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** They are both possible, and they mean the same thing.

Also, are there other ways to express this concept?

He missed paying his rent by ten days.

He did not pay his rent this month, and it was due ten days ago.

Ted

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