English : Three Days

Which of the following sentences is correct?

He left for America after a Three Days state visit.


He left for America after a three-day state visit.

The first sentence is correct. The words day, month, minute, mile, etc. are usually singular when used with a number immediately before a noun.

Here are a few more examples:

• Every day he goes for a twenty-minute jog.

• Every day he jogs for twenty minutes.

• Last year he ran the twenty six-mile marathon.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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