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    Day or Days

    Hello!!

    "3 days start" or "3 day start" ??

    Normally I have heard people use the term "3 day start". But when the number 3 comes in front of the verb "day" doesn't it make it plural ??

    Thanks alot...

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    Re: Day or Days

    It should be written with a hyphen: "three-day start".

    The phrase "three-day" is used here as an adjective, not a noun phrase: it modifies the noun "start". When that happens, you don't use the plural of "day".

    Here are some more examples:

    six-week holiday
    eight-hour working day
    hundred-metre sprint
    71-Hour Ahmed (a character in a Terry Pratchett novel)

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    Question Re: Day or Days

    How about "year" and "years"?

    This sentence I came across does not sound
    right.

    "A was six year old when B decided to
    send him to school."

    Shouldn't this be either
    "A was six years old when......"
    or
    "A was a six-year old child ....."

    Thanks

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    Re: Day or Days

    Lyrics from Gilligan's Island, an American TV show: "a 3 day tour". The word 'day' functions as an adjective, and adjectives don't take plural -s.

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    Re: Day or Days

    "A was six years old . . . "

    How old? [Six years] old (See Food for Thought below)
    How many tour days? Three [tour days]
    What kind of tour? A three-day tour.

    Hope that helps.

    Food for Thought
    Q: How old were you when you made your first step?
    A: I was one years old.
    B: I was one year old.

    Which one is correct, A or B?

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    Re: Day or Days

    Casiopea, yes, it helps. Thank you. :)

    Regarding, the Food for Thought,
    I would answer "B" :)

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    Re: Day or Days

    Oops. C) I was a year old.


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    Re: Day or Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    "A was six years old . . . "

    How old? [Six years] old (See Food for Thought below)
    How many tour days? Three [tour days]
    What kind of tour? A three-day tour.

    Hope that helps.

    Food for Thought
    Q: How old were you when you made your first step?
    A: I was one years old.
    B: I was one year old.

    Which one is correct, A or B?
    B is correct..isn't it??

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    Re: Day or Days

    Welcome, shevi.

    In my dialect, North American, it's common to say, "I was a one year old". Given the rules of English grammar (See the example, "one month", below), "I was one year old (at the time)" seems to be correct; however, it's not something I've ever heard anyone say, which isn't to say it's not correct.

    Q: How old were you when your family moved to the USA?
    A: I was one month old.

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    Re: Day or Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Welcome, shevi.
    In my dialect, North American, it's common to say, "I was a one year old". Given the rules of English grammar (See the example, "one month", below), "I was one year old (at the time)" seems to be correct; however, it's not something I've ever heard anyone say, which isn't to say it's not correct.
    The correct punctuation would help clear things up a bit. It's not "a one year old", it's "a one-year-old". Here, "one-year-old" is an adjective functioning as a noun -- very unusual in English, but it does happen.

    It functions as a noun because it can be turned into a plural: "One-year-olds cannot be expected to speak three languages". This is the same as "One-year-old children cannot be..."

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