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    three meters long? tree-meter long? three-meter-long?

    Dear teachers,
    in the following sentence,
    It is _______
    a. three meters long
    b. three-meter long
    c. three-meter-long
    which one is the answer?
    what's the difference between them?
    In my opinion, both a and b are correct, and choice C can only be used as modifier, e.g. three-meter-long desk. but I am not sure, and can A and B be used as modifiers?

    I'm puzzled, Please help me out.
    thanks.

    by the way, "He ate two thirds of the pears","He ate two-thirds of the pears."
    which one is right? two thirds or two-thirds
    is the hiphen(-) a must?

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    Re: three meters long? tree-meter long? three-meter-long?

    Hello JJ

    I would say that only A is correct, in your example.

    1. It is three meters long ] fine.

    B and C may be used as compound adjectives, e.g.

    2. It is a three-meter-long fishing rod ] fine.

    (Some people would dislike the partly hyphenated C.)

    As for "two thirds/two-thirds", you'll find both forms. The prevailing tendency in everyday written English is to omit hyphens wherever there isn't a possibility of confusion. But in a more serious publication, you would probably find it written "two-thirds".

    MrP

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    Question Re: three meters long? tree-meter long? three-meter-long?

    Hello, MrP. I have a question related to that of JJ. (I suppose the answer is very easy and I should know it, but I am a self-taught person [in general, althouh I took some classes in past], so I sometimes don't know basic principles.) Should we write "forty-four" of "forty four"? MS Word spelling checker always suggests the first one.

    Thanks in advance,
    Nyggus

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    Re: three meters long? tree-meter long? three-meter-long?

    Hello Nyggus

    The usual practice in books, magazines, etc. is to hyphenate; but many native speakers do omit the hyphen, in emails, memos, etc.

    See you later,
    MrP

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