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    problems with the s

    If I want to say that I took my degree at university after 5 years of study, is it correct to say a five years degree or a five year degree?

    Thanks very much

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    Re: problems with the s

    It's a five-year degree.

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    Re: problems with the s

    This is considered a compound noun. When we join 2 or more nouns together, the preceding nouns are rarely in plural.

    e.g. 'A week of seven days' can be written as the compound noun, 'a seven-day week'

    e.g. 'A vehicle with four wheels' - 'A four-wheel vehicle'

    e.g. 'A shop that sells hats' - "A hat shop"


    etc.

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    Re: problems with the s

    Not a teacher!

    I think the problem is not so much with the 's', but similar to another question asked on this forum. Therefore I have copied my reply in the other thread below:

    "Maybe a look in Michael Swan's "Practical English Usage" will remove all doubt that a hyphen is required in your example:

    "386 noun + noun (2): advanced points

    5 measurement: a five-litre can

    Noun + noun is used in measurements with a number before the first noun. The number is usually joined to the first noun by a hyphen (-)."

    Some of the examples given: "a six-pound chicken". "a three-mile walk", "ten two-hour lessons"."

    TomUK

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