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    Three days' trip

    Hello,

    Is it OK to use the indefinite article before three days' trip?

    We are setting out for a three days' trip.

    Is it optional or just incorrect. Thank you.

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    Re: Three days' trip

    We're setting off on a three-day trip.



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    Re: Three days' trip

    The indefinite article is required because "trip" is a singular countable noun.

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    Re: Three days' trip

    And the possessive apostrophe is wrong because the trip doesn't belong to three days.

    Three-day is singular because it's an adjective, and adjectives don't have plurals.
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    Re: Three days' trip

    How about We're setting off on a three days' trip. or We're setting off on three days' trip?

    None of them is correct?

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    Re: Three days' trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    How about We're setting off on a three days' trip. or We're setting off on three days' trip?

    None of them is correct?
    That's right—neither of those are correct.

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    Re: Three days' trip

    three days' sick leave, a day's journey, twenty minutes' delay.. Aren't these the same? I swear I have seen similar constructions a number of times. Could you kindly send me a link where I could look into the problem more deeply with an explanation? Thank you.

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    Re: Three days' trip

    I must get it wrong. Just found this source. https://thegrammarexchange.infopop.c...hree-days-trip

    Aren't they saying to the contrary?

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    Re: Three days' trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    I must get have/be getting it wrong.



    Aren't they saying to the contrary?
    Yes. At least, the first answer does. It's wrong.
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    Re: Three days' trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    three days' sick leave, a day's journey, twenty minutes' delay. Aren't these the same?
    No. You can say a day's journey or a one-day trip. You can't combine the constructions.
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