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    Cool 3 minutes'

    Me again!

    Can we say : a 3 minutes' film? Is it better to say a 3-minute film?

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    Use a 3-minute film- a 3 minutes' film doesn't work.

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    I have read before something like that, two week holiday,two weeks holiday.2 weeks' holiday. I remember they are the same because it is a matter of style not grammar.
    Last edited by nado92; 03-May-2010 at 12:46.

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    I have read before something like that, two week holiday,two weeks holiday.2 weeks' holiday. I remember they are the same because it is a matter of style not grammar.
    Hi Nado,
    A two-week holiday. -- Common and preferred in my dialect
    Two weeks' holiday. -- Okay in context
    A holiday of two weeks. -- Fine, but less common.

    NOT: A two weeks holiday.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    I rarely give answers to what a thread asks.

    But I think, in this case, you could also say 'a three-minute-long film' to mean the same.

    Teachers, please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Last edited by jiaruchan; 03-May-2010 at 14:39.

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post

    Teachers, please correct me if I has not made it right.
    not I has , I have.

    And it's simpler to say "correct me if I'm wrong".

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    not I has , I have.

    And it's simpler to say "correct me if I'm wrong".
    You are right. I will edit it. Thank you.

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    Re: 3 minutes'

    There's no reason to use the word "long." It's not incorrect, but it's not necessary.

    You'll watch a short, three-minute film, and then the guide will take you to the next stop on the tour.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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