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    Grammar problem

    Hello,
    My teacher told me that whenever there is a numeral +noun +noun,the first noun behaves as an adjective and it is always singular.
    Like Five man committee not five men committee.
    I have come across these two phrases in newspapers,
    three-month salary
    three months' salary
    Can you please tell me whether the first noun will be singular only if we use hyphen with it ? Without hyphen will it be plural?
    Can I write three month salary? Is it wrong?
    Thanks

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    Re: Grammar problem



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    Quote Originally Posted by Abhish View Post
    three-month salary
    three months' salary
    First noun will be singular only if we use hyphen with it. Without hyphen will it be plural.

    I couldn't agree more with your opinion.
    Quote Originally Posted by Abhish View Post
    three-month salary
    three months' salary
    Can you please tell me whether the first noun will be singular only if we use hyphen with it ? Without hyphen will it be plural?
    Your examples are fine. Regarding your insightful question, when we have a number & noun combined to modify a noun, no plural form is required in the modifier.


    Quote Originally Posted by Abhish View Post
    Can I write three month salary? Is it wrong?
    I think it goes in this way, three months' salary.


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    Re: Grammar problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Abhish View Post
    Hello,
    My teacher told me that whenever there is a numeral +noun +noun,the first noun behaves as an adjective and it is always singular.
    Like Five man committee not five men committee.
    I have come across these two phrases in newspapers,
    three-month salary
    three months' salary
    Can you please tell me whether the first noun will be singular only if we use hyphen with it ? Without hyphen will it be plural?
    Can I write three month salary? Is it wrong?
    Thanks
    You are correct that if there are five men on a committee, then it is a "five-man committee".
    Your second example is a little confusing. I don't know what a "three month salary" is (or a "three-month salary"). It sounds like a salary which is only paid every three months, ie four times a year.
    "Three months' salary" means the total amount of money paid to someone in three months of their normal salaried job. If I earn $500 a month, and I pay $1500 for a computer, I have spent "three months' salary" on the computer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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