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Please correct the following lines:
After screwing up everything, you come and say sorry. The word made up of five letters is not going to do any good. You have to make up for everything you have done.
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Hi Jackson

I would suggest an alternative for "The word made up of five letters":

"That five-letter word"
YankeeHi Jackson

I would suggest an alternative for "The word made up of five letters":

"That five-letter word"

Hi Amy,

Why isn't plural used? Singular expressions such as letter and hour don't go well along numbers which stand for more than one thing such as two, three, etc.

Example:
After a five-hour operation, Wendy is coming along just fine.
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Hi Jackson

When you turn a number and a noun into a hyphenated adjective (a compound adjective), the noun remains singular. Although there might possibly be a couple of exceptions to this "rule", I can't think of any at the moment. I suppose the "reason" for this might be the simple fact that the noun in such a hyphenated adjective is no longer acting as a noun. Instead, it is functioning as (part of) the adjective.

- a three-piece suit
- a 20-story building
- a three-year-old girl
YankeeAlthough there might possibly be a couple of exceptions to this "rule", I can't think of any at the moment. I suppose the "reason" for this might be the simple fact that the noun in such a hyphenated adjective is no longer acting as a noun. Instead, it is functioning as (part of) the adjective.

I hope you won't mind my asking another question. Why did you use quotation marks around rule and reason?

Thank you very much for the help.
Hi Jackson
Jackson6612Why did you use quotation marks around rule ...
Because there are often exceptions to the things that are referred to as "rules" in English.
Jackson6612... and reason?
Because I don't know whether there is actually a reason for that. However, it did seem like a reasonably good way to look at it. Emotion: smile
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Thank you, Amy.