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    Default word order

    1. Last week's terrible events
    2. Yesterday's interesting news

    Is the word order correct?

    I also have doubts about the article in:

    We had a nice two weeks' holiday.
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    Default Re: word order

    1. Last week's terrible events
    2. Interesting yesterday's news


    1. Last week's terrible events

    2. Yesterday's (rather) interesting news.

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    Default Re: word order

    Thanks, David. Is 'a' in the following sentence correct?[

    We had a nice two weeks' holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Thanks, David. Is 'a' in the following sentence correct?[

    We had a nice two weeks' holiday.
    That article is all right. But there's something that isn't so:

    We had a nice two-week holiday.
    or
    We had a nice two week's holiday.
    or
    We had a nice fortnight's holiday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    We had a nice two week's holiday.
    a week's holiday
    a two-week holiday
    two weeks' holiday

    but: 'a two week's holiday' doesn't sound right to me.
    How does "two + week's" combine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    a week's holiday
    a two-week holiday
    two weeks' holiday

    but: 'a two week's holiday' doesn't sound right to me.
    How does "two + week's" combine?
    The only possible ways I know of to express something with a number included in the noun modifier is through the two options I provided:

    two-week holiday
    or
    two week's holiday (possessive)

    Or maybe I'm wrong ?


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    I think the plural form of the noun should be put in the possessive case:
    two weeks' holiday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think the plural form of the noun should be put in the possessive case:
    two weeks' holiday
    As do I

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    So is it:
    We had a nice two weeks' holiday.
    or
    We had nice two weeks' holiday?

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    We had a nice two-week holiday.

    We've just returned from two weeks' holiday.

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