eslHQ (
-   English Questions (
-   -   8 years old or 8-year- old? (

jeevan159 Mar 7th, 2012 11:00 pm

8 years old or 8-year- old?

Which one should I use ? Which one is correct?

8 years old or 8-year- old?


susan53 Mar 8th, 2012 01:10 pm

Re: 8 years old or 8-year- old?
It depends. In a sentence like
My son is eight years old
you have a "normal" number plus plural noun construction.
but in a sentence like
I have an 8-year-old son
8-year-old functions as a single chunk, and is an adjective. You could replace it with eg
I have a young son.
Because it's an adjective it's not pluralised, and because it must be considered as a single chunk, it's hyphenised.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:54 pm.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2