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Which of the sentences is correct?

Which of the following sentences is correct?

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


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

The first sentence is correct. You talk about a three- day visit, two-week holiday, five-month vacation, etc. You do not say three days visit or five months vacation. In these examples, three- day, five-month and two-week' are functioning as adjectives.

Here are a few more examples:

• Every day he does a twenty-minute jog.

• We are planning to go on the fourteen-day cruise next year.

• Sailaja's four-page document was well written.

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

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