two-week vs two-weeks
Could somebody please explain why two-week holiday is correct in I am on a two-week holiday rather than two-weeks holiday or two-weeks' holiday?
I am probably thinking in Greek and translating in English here, but I would have thought that two-weeks holiday is the right one to use.
Re: two-week vs two-weeks
1. I am on a two-week holiday.
Originally Posted by gklcity
2. I am on two weeks' holiday.
When "two-week" is used as an adjective, as it is in Sentence 1, it takes a hyphen and remains in the singular. There are many examples of this:
It's a twenty-metre drop.
He's a seven-foot giant.
So - "I am on a holiday which lasts two weeks" becomes "I am on a two-week holiday".
"I am on holiday for two weeks" becomes "I am on two weeks' holiday" (no article required).
The first sentence specifically suggests an actual holiday, a trip abroad or at least a journey away from home. The second sentence could simply mean someone is not working for two weeks. We would still refer to that as two weeks' holiday, even if you sit at home and watch TV for two weeks!
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