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    grade level

    "Those students are in grade 3-5."

    Does "grade" need an "s"?

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    Re: grade level

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    "Those students are in grade 3-5."

    Does "grade" need an "s"?
    Yes. They are in 3 different grades. They are in grades 3, 4 and 5. They are in grades 3 to 5.

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    Re: grade level

    But when people talk about grades 3-5 individually, they would say "grade 3", "grade 4", etc.., with no article before "grade".

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    Re: grade level

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    But when people talk about grades 3-5 individually, they would say "grade 3", "grade 4", etc.., with no article before "grade".
    Individually, yes.

    John is in grade 3.
    Sarah is in grade 4.
    Tom is in grade 5.

    The three children are in grades 3, 4 and 5.

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    Re: grade level

    So, "grade 3-5" will never be acceptable in place of "grades 3-5"?

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    Re: grade level

    It depends what you mean by will never be acceptable.

    If you use it in casual conversation to a friend, he'll understand what you mean though he might think you should have used grades, so in that sense it's acceptable.

    Don't use it in formal contexts.

    Rover

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