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  1. Troy Livingstone
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    Exact rule needed please!!!

    Please could someone help me?
    I am a translator working in France and need the exact rule for the following problem in order to explain to a customer that I'm right!!

    I am translating a parts list, and a 'gear with 49 teeth' came up. I have translated it as a "49 tooth gear", something that seems evident to me, but I can't explain why!


    Please help and thanks in advance!

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    Re: Exact rule needed please!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Livingstone View Post
    Please could someone help me?
    I am a translator working in France and need the exact rule for the following problem in order to explain to a customer that I'm right!!

    I am translating a parts list, and a 'gear with 49 teeth' came up. I have translated it as a "49 tooth gear", something that seems evident to me, but I can't explain why!


    Please help and thanks in advance!
    Or more exactly, a 49-tooth gear. Use a hyphen to connect two words when you want to create a new adjective. Without it, the gear would be a 49 gear and a tooth gear, and neither of those make sense.

    You're probably wondering why the plural becomes singular when it becomes an adjective. Adjectives are never quantifiable. Only nouns are. You can't pluralize yellow, French, tall, wispy, or loud.

    If nouns could be pluralized, we'd have ten-feet poles, five-miles roads, three-volumes books, and twenty-dollars bills. And we don't.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: Exact rule needed please!!!

    In a "49-tooth gear" the word "49-tooth" is an adjective coming before a noun. Similar is "He was a six-foot tall man". Another example: a three-wheel vehicle.

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    Re: Exact rule needed please!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're probably wondering why the plural becomes singular when it becomes an adjective. Adjectives are never quantifiable. Only nouns are. You can't pluralize yellow, French, tall, wispy, or loud.

    If nouns adjectives could be pluralized, we'd have ten-feet poles, five-miles roads, three-volumes books, and twenty-dollars bills. And we don't.

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