It's used in the app's interface.

I wonder if omitting there is/there are is not a grammatical mistake and sounds native (I'm not a native speaker).

So, which do you think will sound better in a web app?

There is no activity since a to b

No activity since a to b

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    Leaving out there is does not make the sentence less understandable, and is generally just fine. However, I do not understand what you mean with since a to b in either version of your sentence. Do you mean from (moment) a to (moment) b? – oerkelens Nov 22 '17 at 14:15
  • @oerkelens I mean date ranges. e.g.: No activity since 05-04-16 to 05-04-17 – Oksi Nov 22 '17 at 14:37
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    You cannot use since like that. You can say No activity since 05-04-16 or you can say no activity from 05-04-16 to 05-04-17. Since 05-04-16 means the same as between 05-04-16 and now. – oerkelens Nov 22 '17 at 14:46

Since is not the correct word here. You should use from or between, and you should use the past tense if b occurred before now.

Depending on your intended meaning, the following work:

  • "There is/was no activity between A and B."
  • "There is/was no activity from A to B."

Real world examples of "there is A from B to C":

Also, "no activity since a to b" by itself is just a sentence fragment (there is no verb there).

  • Thanks. In my case, the first date always preseeds the second one. I would like to emphasize that it's the app's interface. So, do you think the full sentence is still better than the part? more context: this message appears several times, for example you choose a date range and want to see if you received messages during that time. so instead of list with messages you receive empty list that says no activity from yesterday to today. (yesterday and today being something you chose to sort by) – Oksi Nov 22 '17 at 16:48
  • So B always precedes now. It wouldn't be unusual to use the sentence fragment especially if the app doesn't usually use complete sentences but instead relies mostly on symbols. – gmarmstrong Nov 22 '17 at 18:23

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