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    Smile "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Please help, teachers
    I cannot pick which one of the following expressions is correct.
    a 250 word essay ?
    or
    a 250 words essay?
    or
    a 250-word essay?
    or
    a 250-words essay?
    which one is the best usage?
    please advise.
    Thank you very much!

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    Exclamation Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Quote Originally Posted by BBQDuck View Post
    Please help, teachers
    I cannot pick which one of the following expressions is correct.
    a 250 word essay ?
    or
    a 250 words essay?
    or
    a 250-word essay?
    or
    a 250-words essay?
    which one is the best usage?
    please advise.
    Thank you very much!
    That is the correct and best use.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    I am NOT a teacher.

    Word is singular.
    Words is plural.

    I am writing an essay that contains 250 words.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    a 250-word essay would be the correct choice.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    I am writing an essay that contains /of 250 words.

    Yes - but it is "Write a 250 word essay on the Irregularities of the English Language."
    No plural 's', no hyphen.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    It is a 250 word essay.

    A 20 man team, a 50 storey building, a 10 gallon hat, a 5 acre field. even a 200 mile per hour sports car.

    The subject is the noun 'essay' described by the compound adjective '250 word'. Clearly you never pluralize adjectives. Someone would never be beautifuls even if they possess many aspects of beauty. Even within the compound adjective we dont pluralize.

    Compound adjectives may have to be hyphenated to distinguish the adjective from the noun.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    a 250-word essay would be the correct choice.
    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    It is a 250 word essay.

    ...
    These contradict sarat_106's '250 words essay' - which is presumably the correct form in Indian English.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Indian English could be different, I have no expertise in it. The hyphenated case could also be said to be correct. I would only hyphenate when the meaning is unclear.

    For example, is an 'old English student' an aged student studying English or is it a student studying old English? I could make this clear with 'old-English student'.

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    Default Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Quote Originally Posted by BBQDuck View Post
    Please help, teachers
    I cannot pick which one of the following expressions is correct.
    a 250 word essay ?
    or
    a 250 words essay?
    or
    a 250-word essay?
    or
    a 250-words essay?
    which one is the best usage?
    please advise.
    Thank you very much!
    A 250(-)word essay is correct.

    '250-word' is an adjectival compound and, as such, would normally be hyphenated.

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    Cool Re: "a 250 word essay" or "a 250 words essay"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Yes - but it is "Write a 250 word essay on the Irregularities of the English Language."
    No plural 's' , no hyphen hmm .
    The way you've been taught is not the way it should be, I guess.
    Grammar Lesson - Hyphens in compound adjectives

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