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    Default Tick Tock!!!

    Hi all,

    I was asked this one today in regard time from a news stand T.V set display above the news readers!!!!!!!!!!

    A student noticed this:

    "180 second news" NOT "180 seconds news"

    The first sounds correct and is used commonly on news/media headings but its a plural so why does/is 180 seconds news so wrong/clumsy?

    as we say:

    1 second and the usual s plural as in:
    2,3,4,5 seconds etc.

    I was at a loss to explain it any help would be appreciated!

    Many thanks

    Mak

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    Default Re: Tick Tock!!!

    Only nouns takes plural -s. For example,

    Noun: one second
    Noun: two seconds

    But,

    Adjective: 180 second news(cast)

    'second' tells us what kind of news(cast), so it functions as an adjective in that context. Adjectives don't take plural -s. For example, a horse carriage = a two horse carriage, a 5 horse carriage.

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    Thank you Cas.



    M.

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    You're welcome.

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