I'm having trouble with some parts of speech in this sentence in order to diagram it:

In the past, working took up most people's time six days a week.

The part I am having trouble understanding is "six days a week." I can figure it out if I add in some prepositions, turning the sentence into: "In the past, working took up most people's time for six days in a week." How does the last part function in the sentence? What word(s) do they modify? Do I add in the prepositions?

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The phrase "six days a week" is common in English speech and writing.

You may think of it as "six days of a week," but that's far less common and idiomatic. The following are all standard:

He works out three days a week.

The store is open five days a week.

The store is open every day of the week except Saturday.

Look at How do you say 7/7? for more discussion about this.

I think "six days a week" modifies the phrasal verb "took up," which has the object "time," but I could have that wrong.

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