Remain vs remaining

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“Only 3 days remain…” or “Only 3 days remaining…”?

asked Jan 19 '11 at 13:04 Igor Skliarevsky New member

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Grammatically, these phrases seem equivilent; however there is a nuance here that should not be missed.

 

"Only 3 days remain" is more formal and is usually used when we are anticipating (or dreading) something.  For example:

"Only 3 days remain before the wedding." or "Only 3 days remain before the trip."

 

The second phrase, "only 3 days remaining" is more informal and is normally used when we are counting down to something or providing background information.  NOTE: You cannot start a sentence with this phrase alone.  Here are some examples of how it may be used:

"There are only 3 days remaining in the sale at Harrods!"

"With only 3 days remaining before the wedding, we frantically finished the seating plan."

 

The most informal and most like that used in speech is the phrase, without 'remain', i.e. "Only 3 days before our trip! Yay!"

 

link comment answered Jan 19 '11 at 18:56 Kimberly Expert
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I guess, both can be used interchangeably

link comment edited Jan 23 '11 at 12:22 Vsevolod New member
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In my opinion, "remaining" is more appealing to reader's action.

For example, McDonalds motto is "I'm loving it". Not just "I love it".

link comment answered Jan 19 '11 at 15:37 Roman Vorushin New member

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