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    18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Which one is correct and why?

    1. That sculpture, called the Earth Goddess, is 18-feet tall!
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    That sculpture, called the Earth Goddess, is 18-foot tall!

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    #2

    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Which one is correct and why?

    1. That sculpture, called the Earth Goddess, is 18 feet tall!
    2.
    The Earth Goddess, is an 18-foot tall sculpture!
    Note the two differences. In the first sentence "18 feet" is a noun. In the second "18-foot" is an adjective.
    There are possibly regional differences.

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    #3

    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Why "Number-foot" serves as an adjective?

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    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Why "Number-foot" serves as an adjective?
    Because it qualifies sculpture. It's an 18-foot sculpture. I'd say that "18-foot tall" is an adjectival phrase.
    However, the sculpture measures 18 feet. That's a noun, perhaps acting as an adjective in sentence one.
    However you parse them, the phrasing is correct.
    Why, how would you label them?

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    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    It's hard to label them.

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    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Why "Number-foot" serves as an adjective?
    Does it serve as an adjective as "number-year-old" does?

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    Re: 18-feet tall OR 18-foot tall

    Yes, it does.

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