Lesson Twenty-nine

number + noun = adjective

It’s very common in English to put two words together in order to form an adjective. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to put a number and a noun together to form an adjective that describes another noun.

Example:

number noun noun result
two
car
garage
two-car garage
25
story
building
25-story building
five
star
hotel
five-star hotel
48
hour
wait
48-hour wait

You must hyphenate the number word and the noun. These two words together function as an adjective.

right arrow   –  (hyphen)

 

Notice that numbers ten and under are usually spelled out completely. If you write 2-car garage, for instance, it looks awkward.

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Practice

write

In this exercise, you can practice what you have learned. Write your answers in your notebook.

Example: The hotel has 80 rooms.

 It’s an 80-room hotel.

1. The house has five bedrooms.

 It’s a __________________________________.

2. The test took two hours.

 It was a _______________________________.

3. The trip will probably take seven hours.

  It will be a ______________________________.

4. The warranty is good for 90 days.

 It’s a __________________________________.

5. The football player kicked the ball 55 yards.

 It was a _________________________________.

The answers are below.

 

 

Next: Lesson Thirty

more, less, fewer

Answers:

1. It’s a five-bedroom house.

2. It was a two-hour test.

3. It will be a seven-hour trip.

4. It’s a 90-day warranty.

5. It was a 55-yard kick.