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    15-year-olds

    There are some programs about 15-year-olds on TV.

    There are some programs about the 15-year-old on TV.

    Which one is rigth? Please.

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    Re: 15-year-olds

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    Both are okay, but each one means something different. The first one means that there are some programs about 15-year-old children. The second one means that there are some programs about one 15-year-old child.

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    Re: 15-year-olds

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
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    Both are okay, but each one means something different. The first one means that there are some programs about 15-year-old children. The second one means that there are some programs about one* 15-year-old child.


    Except when it is a generic singular as in 'the female of the species is more deadly than the male'. The generic usage is less common, but acceptable (especially in formal contexts:

    'The ten-year-old is generally obedient, but the fifteen-year-old is less so. In my study, 100 ten-year-olds were...'


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    Re: 15-year-olds

    There are some programs about 15-year-olds on TV.
    There are some programs about the 15-year-old on TV.
    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    Both are okay, but each one means something different. The first one means that there are some programs about 15-year-old children. The second one means that there are some programs about one 15-year-old child.
    Your interpretation of the second is possible - if we are referring to a particular child. If we aren't, then I would take it to mean the same as the first sentence.

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