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    "s" rule question

    Why do we say "a five mile drive" but "it's five miles to the store"? What is the rule for putting or removing the S at the end of "mile"?

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    Re: "s" rule question

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    Why do we say "a five mile drive" but "it's five miles to the store"? What is the rule for putting or removing the S at the end of "mile"?
    With "a five mile drive" "five mile" is an adjective phrase decribing "drive". In English, adjectives are never plural. In "it's five miles to the store" "five" is an adjective describing the plural noun "miles".

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    Re: "s" rule question

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    With "a five mile drive" "five mile" is an adjective phrase decribing "drive".
    Now that it is an adjective, shouldn't it be used with a hyphen, i.e.,"five-mile"

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    Re: "s" rule question

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Now that it is an adjective, shouldn't it be used with a hyphen, i.e.,"five-mile"
    Yes, usually I would write it with a hyphen, but I have often seen it without.

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