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    possessive word

    Which is more correct? "I was five days' walk from..." or "I was five days walk from..."


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    Hi, this is what I can think of. Hope that helps. :)

    (1)It took me five days to walk from here to there.
    (2)It took a five day walk from here to there.
    (3)It took five days' walk from here to there.
    (4)It took five days walking from here to there.


    I see two versions of this,
    Two cents worth and two cents' worth, which one would you use? :wink:

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    Re: possessive word

    Quote Originally Posted by J Lynch
    Which is more correct? "I was five days' walk from..." or "I was five days walk from..."
    What about?

    It was a five-day walk from... (Adjective)
    I was five days away from... (Adjective + Noun)

    Note, five-minute walk, not five-minutes walk. :wink:


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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Hi, this is what I can think of. Hope that helps. :)

    (1)It took me five days to walk from here to there.
    (2)It took a five day walk from here to there.
    (3)It took five days' walk from here to there.
    (4)It took five days walking from here to there.


    I see two versions of this,
    Two cents worth and two cents' worth, which one would you use? :wink:
    What about this one? Any comment?

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    (1)It took me five days to walk from here to there. :D
    (2)It took a five day walk from here to there. :D
    (3)It took five days' walk from here to there. :(
    (4)It took five days walking from here to there. :(

    In (3) 'five days' functions as an adjective, so the apostrophe is not required. As a noun: five-days of a walk, 'of a' is required. In (4), an infintive is required: "It took us five days to walk from here to there." As a modifier -ing is OK: "It took us five days, walking from here to there, to get there.

    All the best, :D

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