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please help !



moemendhia
Tunisia

please help !
 
A friend told me that this sentence is incorrect & can īt be considered as compound adjective & can īt apply the rule : numeral+ - +noun ; so please check with me if it is correct ,if not please could you tell me why ? thanks in advance :)
 -these boys are 20 years old = these are 20-year old boys .

23 Mar 2016      



Tere-arg
Argentina

Hi,
 
It is correct. You can make phrases describing nouns into a compound adjective by  using dashes and always in singular.
 
 A  lorry of ten tons  ...... A ten-ton lorry
 
A meal of  four dishes .............. A four-dish meal. 

23 Mar 2016     



moemendhia
Tunisia

thank you so much for your help :)

23 Mar 2016     



lockman
Morocco

a five-star hotel
an eighty-year old man
a fifty-page notebook
,etc ........

23 Mar 2016     



yanogator
United States

No, it īs  "twenty-year-old boys" because "old" is also part of the adjective.
 
Bruce 

23 Mar 2016     



moemendhia
Tunisia

thank you all ,but i searched  the net & Bruce is right  :)

23 Mar 2016     



yanogator
United States

Was there any doubt?  

23 Mar 2016     



[email protected]
Japan

Now that īs funny!
No, Bruce, there was never any doubt ;)

23 Mar 2016     



moemendhia
Tunisia

No doubt dear ;) & who dares  ? thank you all for your help 

24 Mar 2016     



yanogator
United States

I īll tell you -- Giorgi dares. I had made a mistake in an answer a few days ago, and Giorgi alerted me to it, so I got it fixed before the rest of you had noticed it. I īm very grateful for the watchful eyes and helpful attitude around here.
 
Bruce 

24 Mar 2016     



Minka
Slovenia

I don īt want to be annoying, but ... if it were not correct, wouldn īt it be incorrect (rather than uncorrect)?
 
Have a lovely day,
 
Minka 

24 Mar 2016     

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