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    a two weeks

    A: Seven hundred bucks!
    B: All right, you did it!
    A: Hell of a two weeks.
    B: Do we have any fruit?
    Source: American TV drama


    I think it should be "a two-week", or "two weeks" in above context. Why did B say "a two weeks"?

    Could you please explain?


    Thank you!

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    Re: a two weeks

    We say "a hell of a" (or "helluva") as a standard phrase.
    You did a helluva job.
    It was a helluva time.
    It was a helluva week.
    It was a helluva two weeks.

    Don't try to make this one grammatical. Just chalk it up to idiom.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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