1. ## thick v. thickness

"Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay ten feet thick."

Is the above sentence a right one? Should not it be "Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay ten feet thickness."

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2. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay that is ten feet thick. Only thick is correct.

3. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Originally Posted by hhtt21
"Beneath the sandy soil, there was a substratum of clay, ten feet thick."

Is the above sentence right? one?
Yes.

Originally Posted by hhtt21
Should it not it be "Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay ten feet thickness."
No.

4. ## Re: thick v. thickness

"Thickness" is a noun. The sentence requires an adjective.

5. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Isn't there any form in which we can use thickness instead of its adjectival form of thick?

Thank you.

6. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Originally Posted by teechar
Beneath the sandy soil, there was a substratum of clay, ten feet thick."
Would you please explain how the speech version is for the above? "Beneath the sandy soil [pause], there was a substratum of cla [pause], ten feet thick.

Thank you.

7. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Originally Posted by hhtt21
"Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay ten feet thick."
Originally Posted by hhtt21
Isn't there any form in which we can use thickness instead of its adjectival form of thick?
You could say "Beneath the sandy soil was a substratum of clay, ten feet in thickness." In thickness uses three syllables to say what thick says in one, so the adjective wins for conciseness.

8. ## Re: thick v. thickness

That's right. The comma represents a brief pause.

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Beneath the sandy soil, there was a substratum of clay, ten feet thick.
Originally Posted by hhtt21
Would you please explain how the speech version is for the above? "Beneath the sandy soil [pause], there was a substratum of cla [pause], ten feet thick.
I would omit the first comma. In speech, there's a noticeable pause between "clay" and "ten".

10. ## Re: thick v. thickness

Originally Posted by GoesStation
I would omit the first comma. In speech, there's a noticeable pause between "clay" and "ten".
Is the previous pause not noticeable, the pause between soil and there.

Thank you.

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