I am answering someone at work who asked me what availability do I have over the next few weeks, in order to see if I could be assigned a task. Which is the following two forms is correct and why?

  • I may have up to 20% availability in the coming weeks.
  • I may be available 20% of the time in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your help.

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    (a) may be grammatical, but sounds more than faintly ridiculous. I'd used a hedged (b): 'I think I'll be available about 20% of the time over the next few weeks.' Jul 8, 2020 at 14:34
  • As we determined in your previous question, you had it right the first time around. Just how much time are you willing to spend on massaging a completely inconsequential sentence and making it only worse in ever new ways. It was fine to begin with. Stop wasting your life time away.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 8, 2020 at 14:55
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    20% of what? Just say: I have about x hours per week of availability in the coming weeks. Jul 8, 2020 at 15:05

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Both are grammatically correct.

The first has an air of "business-speak" about it, sounding more convoluted than it needs to be. The second is simpler and clearer, which I would personally consider to be a good thing.

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