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David slept well and was better the next day.
David slept well and was better the other day.
Also possible:
David slept well and was better on the following day.

The other day is an idiom meaning a few days ago: I met an old friend the other day.

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Becky played a good play of chess.
Becky played a good game of chess.

Some verbs and nouns do have the same form and analogous meaning in English: The police fight a hard fight. Heather dreams long vivid dreams. If you lie the lie will catch you out! The company danced an African dance. However, we seldom use the same word like this. Usually we try to avoid it in some way: She fought a long battle with them. if you lie you will be caught out. The company did an African dance.

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He played well yesterday, isn't it?
He played well yesterday, didn't he?

Use the question phrase isn't it only when the preceding statement contains the word is: It is a hot day, isn't it?

In this form of question, use the same tense and person as in the preceding statement and use the correct auxiliary. If, however, the preceding statement is in the negative form, the question phrase omits not. We say:
1. They are on holiday, aren't they?
    They aren't on holiday, are they?
2. You speak English, don't you?
    You don't speak French; do you?

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I was absent once or twice.
I was absent one time or two times.

Use once and twice instead of one time and two times.

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Who of the two boys is the taller?
Which of the two boys is the taller?

Use the interrogative pronoun which? for both people and things, when it asks for one out of a definite number.

The interrogative pronoun what? doesn't imply choice: What's your telephone number? It's also used to ask for a person's profession. What's your father? - He's a lawyer.

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