I'm a non English language user, but I saw this sentence in a book:
He had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
If i was the writer of that sentence, I think I would use something like:
He didn't take a fish during eighty-four days.
So what's my problem? Why does the second sentence seem more logical for me? I would never trust and use that first sentence whatever it true.
I never have been in a country where people speak English.
So should I speak like the first sentence? How do I understand that way it is written?