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    #1

    500 pieces puzzle

    1. I bought a 500 pieces puzzle of dinosaurs for him.
    2. I bought a 500 - piece puzzle of dinosaurs for him.

    Are the above sentences correct grammatically?
    Is there any other suggestion, please?

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    #2

    Re: 500 pieces puzzle

    I would use 500-piece dinosaur jigsaw puzzle.

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    #3

    Re: 500 pieces puzzle

    It would be most natural to say I bought him a 500-piece dinosaur puzzle. Note that there are no spaces around the hyphen.
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    #4

    Re: 500 pieces puzzle

    I'd include the word "jigsaw" as Tdol did (if that's what the OP was referring to). A "500-piece dinosaur puzzle" could be a different kind of puzzle with 500 pieces.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: 500 pieces puzzle

    I don't think "jigsaw" is necessary here.

    In American English, at least, the term "puzzle", in the context of having a set number of pieces, is assumed to be a jigsaw puzzle by default, unless it's further modified (e.g. "500-piece 3D puzzle").

    Other puzzles are modified: "50 x 50 crossword puzzle", "chess puzzle", "word puzzle", "math puzzle", "picture puzzle", etc.
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    #6

    Re: 500 pieces puzzle

    We do often say jigsaw puzzle in BrE- it may be another of those little differences.

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