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why can you say "I am five years old "but you can't say "I am a five years old girl "
 

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If you say I am 'a five-year-old girl', the phrase functions the same way as an adjective modifying the noun 'girl', so it behaves like one and doesn't take a plural. It is also usually hyphenated. ;-)
 
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tdol said:
If you say I am 'a five-year-old girl', the phrase functions the same way as an adjective modifying the noun 'girl', so it behaves like one and doesn't take a plural. It is also usually hyphenated. ;-)


Do you happen to know of any other examples of a 3 or 4 word phrase modifying a noun?
 
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