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    Day out

    I do not know what verbs could be used with "day out." "Day out" is BrE a trip you make for a pleasure on a particular day.
    Would my sentences be correct like this:


    1. When Michael and his wife retired, they often spent a day out in the countryside.
    2. The Philips' went on a day out on a lake.
    3. Bob remembered the day outs he had as a child with his father.

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    Re: Day out

    The plural is days out. The rule for compound nouns that include an adjective or adverb is that you pluralize the base noun. Native speakers often get this wrong with longer compound nouns; for example, I work in an industry where bills of lading are important. Nearly everyone in the company refers to these documents as bill of ladings.

    I'd be surprised to hear a native speaker say day outs​ though.

    If the family's surname is "Phillips", the plural is Phillipses.
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    Re: Day out

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I'd be surprised to hear a native speaker say day outs​ though.
    I have managed not to hear it yet.

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    Re: Day out

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The plural is days out. The rule for compound nouns that include an adjective or adverb is that you pluralize the base noun. Native speakers often get this wrong with longer compound nouns; for example, I work in an industry where bills of lading are important. Nearly everyone in the company refers to these documents as bill of ladings.

    I'd be surprised to hear a native speaker say day outs​ though.
    This afternoon I went for a walk at a state park. The path included lots of steps down into a gorge. I encountered a family with a nine- or ten-year-old boy coming the other way who said, somewhat to my dismay, "There's a lot of step ups" (rather than "steps up"). He repeated the phrase the same way two or three times, so it was clear that his construction felt natural to him.
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