This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
umm.. noticed something interesting in the post above. 10 "years" old. But dont we normally say 10 "year" old. So which is the correct form? After 10 is a plural figure wouldnt "years" be correct technically? Sorry couldnt be of much help regarding the gift question... maybe you need to make a trip to toys'r'us store
In this case, the following would be correct: a 10-year-old girl or
a girl 10 years old but not a 10 years old girl or a 10-years-old girl Note the hyphens. I'm not sure if they're mandatory, but to me, "10-year-old girl" looks better than "10 year old girl". This isn't really any logical extension of other rules; it's a special construct in English when we apply a measure as an adjective. Similarly, the following are also correct: 26-mile race (a race 26 miles long) six-foot-high fence (a fence 6 ft high) 18-minute gap (a gap of 18 minutes) As for gifts - sorry, no help here. All my ideas are things I think are cool. It's a lot of work to think of stuff for other people. [ December 13, 2003: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
I think my ten year old daughter Emily would second "The Pirates of the Caribbean". She bought it with her own money last week and has now watched that tape about eight times. Everything else I could get out of Emily had to do with horses which probably won't help you.
JY: Note the hyphens. I'm not sure if they're mandatory, but to me, "10-year-old girl" looks better than "10 year old girl". Technically, they're mandatory. It's the same construct as the let's-use-a-phrase-as-an-adjective-and-have-to-use-a-lot-of-hyphens construct. In everyday writing, of course, you can do as you please. We don't have an offical grammar police here.
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[Joel]: Technically, they're mandatory. It's the same construct as the let's-use-a-phrase-as-an-adjective-and-have-to-use-a-lot-of-hyphens construct. Yeah, I guess they are mandatory. I was thinking of the fact that many hyphenated constructs can lost their hyphens over time as they become more accepted - e.g. e-mail -> email. But I guess this just refers to composit nouns. I can't think of any example where a hyphenated adjective loses its hyphes. It's a different type of construct. In everyday writing, of course, you can do as you please. We don't have an offical grammar police here. Unofficially, however...