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    five minutes' search

    I found my papers after (a) five minutes' search.
    We don't need 'a' in this sentence, do we?

    If I insert an attribute, does 'a' become a must?
    I found my papers after a confused five minutes' search.

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    Re: five minutes' search

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I found my papers after (a) five minutes' search.
    We don't need 'a' in this sentence, do we?

    If I insert an attribute, does 'a' become a must?
    I found my papers after a confused five minutes' search.
    You don't need 'a' in the first sentence, but you do in the second, yes

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    Re: five minutes' search

    Quote Originally Posted by LeighS View Post
    You don't need 'a' in the first sentence, but you do in the second, yes
    With due respect, may I know the reason(s) why?

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    Re: five minutes' search

    I spoke to her during dinner.
    I spoke to her during a formal dinner.

    You'll notice that as soon as you use an adjective to describe 'dinner' you need an article.

    Hope that helps

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    Re: five minutes' search

    Quote Originally Posted by LeighS View Post
    I spoke to her during dinner.
    I spoke to her during a formal dinner.

    You'll notice that as soon as you use an adjective to describe 'dinner' you need an article.

    Hope that helps
    Thanks, LeighS. But in that case, I wondered whether "five minutes'" was an adjective (a possessive one, though) or not .

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