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    three page book

    Hi guys,

    Please tell me. Whether we have to say"Three page book" or "Three pages book", "three year old" or "three years old", "three hour journey" or "three hours journey" or "three hour's journey". Please also tell me what are the rules to be followed?

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    Re: three page book

    "Three page book" or "Three pages book"

    "Three pages book" is always incorrect. "Three page" is an adjective phrase that describes the book. In English, adjectives are not agreed in number with the nouns they modify.

    "three year old" or "three years old"

    Both may be correct depending on context. "The boy Simon was three years old." "Simon was a three year old boy."

    "three hour journey" or "three hours journey" or "three hour's journey".

    Three hour's is wrong because the hours do not possess the journey. The apostrophe in "hour's" indicates possession. Otherwise the answer is the same as in your first example. "Three hour journey" is right.

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    Re: three page book

    Shouldn't a two-worded objective be hyphenated as 'three-page book' or 'three-hour journey'?

    http://www.grammar-monster.com/lesso...adjectives.htm

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    Last edited by tedmc; 14-Oct-2014 at 05:54.

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    Re: three page book

    Experience has taught me that many or most of my colleagues on this site prefer such hyphens. I never use them (except sometimes here in deference to the majority) and I think they are antiquated.
    Last edited by probus; 14-Oct-2014 at 06:00.

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    Re: three page book

    Antiquated or not, I agree with tedmc.

    Without hyphens, 'I look after three year old children' could mean 'I look after three-year-old children' or 'I look after three year-old children'.

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    Re: three page book

    Hello, Rover.

    Does 'I look after three year-old children' make sense? (Is it a meaningful sentence?)
    (I agree about the hyphenation.)

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    Re: three page book

    I take it to mean 'I look after three children who are a year old'.

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    Re: three page book

    But in grammer book I read. We should say or write three-page book or three-year old child because the first word has told us about the multiple pages and years. I also read that we can use 's for time.

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    Re: three page book

    Tufguy, that should be "three-year-old child". "Old" is part of the adjective.

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    Re: three page book

    I understand the 'with or without hyphen' for multi-word adjectives is a British-American thing.
    In the Christmas song 'Jingle Bells', the British lyric shows 'in a one-horse open sleigh'.
    The American lyric shows 'in a one horse open sleigh'.

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    Last edited by tedmc; 15-Oct-2014 at 04:33.

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