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    Indefinite article

    Is it right to put an indefinite article before a phrase with a noun modified by a genitive which includes a plural noun?

    e.g. We had a two weeks' holiday in Greece.
    There was a thirty minutes' lesson yesterday.

    Should the lack of the indefinite articles in the above sentences be considered as a grammar mistake?

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    Re: Indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Is it right to put an indefinite article before a phrase with a noun modified by a genitive which includes a plural noun?

    e.g. We had a two weeks' holiday in Greece.
    There was a thirty minutes' lesson yesterday.

    Should the lack of the indefinite articles in the above sentences be considered as a grammar mistake?
    Neither of those sentences should contain the indefinite article.

    We had a two-week holiday in Greece.
    We had two weeks' holiday in Greece.

    There was a thirty-minute lesson yesterday.
    (This cannot be converted in the same way as the first sentence).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Indefinite article

    Dear emsr2d2,
    Can't we use an indefinite article referring it to the head-noun modified by a plural noun in the genitive case considering the latter as a descriptive attribute? So, what's wrong with the following word combinations:
    a soldiers' canteen, a girls' school, a three miles' walk, a fifteen minutes' break, etc. ?

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