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    Default Five-times winner or five-time winner?

    Federer tops all-time career earnings list | Sports | Reuters

    The above link is a reuters report in which Roger Federer is called a five-times U.S. Open champion.

    But I notice we say a five-day trip instead of a five-days trip. Does this rule not apply to five-times champion?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Five-times winner or five-time winner?

    Yes it does, you're right. It should read five-time champion.

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    Default Re: Five-times winner or five-time winner?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes it does, you're right. It should read five-time champion.
    Thank you. You know this is an error easily made and widely seen.
    In China, every Bank of China branch (number in thousands) has an English sign that reads '24 Hours Self-service', which reminds me of my teacher cautioning me about the pattern number + time unit always in its singular form + noun modified.

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    Default Re: Five-times winner or five-time winner?

    Yes, but this may be because in Hong Kong English, which is heavily influenced by the British, the rule is no longer widely respected. Brits are no longer as stiff about it as we are in North America.

    In the UK I notice things like "Shoes Repair" more often than here. Bank of China's English operations are centralized in Hong Kong.

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