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    Default weeks or week

    How would you say

    1. 3 weeks or 3 week
    2. 2 month or 2 months

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    It depends on whether week and month are used as nouns or as part of an adjectival phrase. For example:

    The usual waiting period is about two weeks. Noun
    We spent three months in France. Noun

    We are going to take a two week vacation. Adjectival phrase
    I have a three month contract to teach English. Adjectival phrase

    You shouldn't use small numerals like 2 and 3 in your writing. It is better to spell out the numbers as I have done above.
    Last edited by probus; 05-Feb-2013 at 05:00.

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    When using the number as part of an adjectival phrase, you need a hyphen.

    We are going on a three-week holiday.
    It's a two-hour walk.
    I watched a five-minute presentation.

    Our holiday will last three weeks.
    The walk will take two hours.
    The presentation I attended lasted [for] five minutes.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    If a hyphen is definitely required, that must be BrE. On this side of the pond I see the hyphen used sometimes, but more often than not it is omitted.

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    Thanks for your reply,

    I need a bit more clarification.


    What is the different between Noun and adjective phrase. How can I differentiate in a sentence?

    How come three month is a NOUN?

    If it is a NOUN , how can it be adjective pharse in another sentence?

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    If it is a NOUN , how can it be adjective phrarse in another sentence?
    Many words can function as different parts of speech:

    Life has its ups (noun) and downs.
    He caught the
    up (adjective) train.
    I'm afraid he'll
    up(verb) the price.
    He drove up
    (preposition) the hill.
    She looked up (adverb).
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    If a hyphen is definitely required, that must be BrE. On this side of the pond I see the hyphen used sometimes, but more often than not it is omitted.
    I can't agree. People might not know the style rule, but it is an almost universal style rule. If I were editing, I'd add that hyphen every single time it showed up in a phrase that modified a noun. When I write, I use it every single time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    Thanks all for your reply,

    I still do not understand the concept..(How the grammar rules works.)

    Some people say: - a 12 week course, 12 weeks course, 12 week course... I am confused.

    Can anyone please tell what the grammar rule is and how to identify which one I need to apply? Please explain using examples.

    Also please tell me, how can I identify, a word in a sentence is noun or adjective phrase? any simple technique?

    for example : We spent three months in France .. in this sentence how I know three months is noun or adjective phrase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    I still do not understand the concept..(How the grammar rules works.)

    Some people say: - a 12 week course, 12 weeks course, 12 week course... I am confused.
    I have isolated this particular part of your last post. When you say "Some people say ...", what do you mean? Who says that the second and third phrases are correct?

    We have explained that we say :

    I am going on a twelve-week course.
    The course I am going on will last twelve weeks.

    Of the three phrases you posted, we only use the first. "12 weeks course" is incorrect. "12 week course" with or without a hyphen is incorrect without an article at the beginning. Only your first phrase is correct and, in BrE at least, it needs a hyphen between "twelve" and "week".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: weeks or week

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Thanks all for your reply, I still do not understand the concept..(How the grammar rules works.) Some people say: - a 12 week course, 12 weeks course, 12 week course... I am confused. Can anyone please tell what the grammar rule is and how to identify which one I need to apply? Please explain using examples. Also please tell me, how can I identify, a word in a sentence is noun or adjective phrase? any simple technique? for example : We spent three months in France .. in this sentence how I know three months is noun or adjective phrase?
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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    You shouldn't use small numerals like 2 and 3 in your writing. It is better to spell out the numbers as I have done above.

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