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    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.

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    #3

    Re: thick v. thickness

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

    Is the above sentence right? one?
    Yes.

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

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    #4

    Re: thick v. thickness

    "Thickness" is a noun. The sentence requires an adjective.
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    Re: thick v. thickness

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

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    #6

    Re: thick v. thickness

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    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.

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    Re: thick v. thickness

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "Beneath the sandy soil there was a substratum of clay ten feet thick."
    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    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.
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    #8

    Re: thick v. thickness

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

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    #9

    Re: thick v. thickness

    Beneath the sandy soil, there was a substratum of clay, ten feet thick.
    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    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".
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    #10

    Re: thick v. thickness

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    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.

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