Please help, teachers
I cannot pick which one of the following expressions is correct.
a 250 word essay ?
a 250 words essay?
a 250-word essay?
a 250-words essay?
which one is the best usage?
Thank you very much!
I am NOT a teacher.
Word is singular.
Words is plural.
I am writing an essay that contains 250 words.
a 250-word essay would be the correct choice.
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.
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.
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'.