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    a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Hello!

    Which is correct a 2-month's leave, a 2 month's leave, 2 months leave. I think it is the first.

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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    two months' leave

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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah18 View Post

    Which is correct: a 2-month's leave, a 2 month's leave, 2 months leave. I think it is the first.
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    #4

    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    two months' leave
    Or a two-month leave. We use a singular noun in compound adjectives like this.
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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Or a two-month leave. We use a singular noun in compound adjectives like this.
    It's not right in BrE to say 'take a leave' so two-month leave would not work.

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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's not right in BrE to say 'take a leave' so two-month leave would not work.
    That's interesting. It's natural in American English to take a qualified leave, but I don't think it works to just "take a leave". You could take a leave of two months or a short leave but you would not normally say you were simply taking a leave.
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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That's interesting. It's natural in American English to take a qualified leave, but I don't think it works to just "take a leave". You could take a leave of two months or a short leave but you would not normally say you were simply taking a leave.
    Confusingly, take a leave of absence sounds okay.

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    Re: a 2-month's leave/a 2 month's leave

    Here are a few ways we express the idea of time off work in BrE.

    I'm taking leave.
    I'm taking some leave.
    I'm on leave.
    I'm on two months' leave.
    I'm taking two months' leave.

    I'm taking a two-month holiday from work. (The assumption is that you're on leave but we wouldn't say "I'm taking a two-month leave"). I would probably express that as "I'm taking two months off work".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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