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robjen
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:40:13 AM
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I am going to make up two similar sentences below.

(1) This gold watch is a limited edition.

(2) This gold watch is limited-edition.

Which one is correct? Please help me. Thanks.
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:29:06 PM

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robjen wrote:
I am going to make up two similar sentences below.

(1) This gold watch is a limited edition.

(2) This gold watch is limited-edition.

Which one is correct? Please help me. Thanks.


I think the TFD should create a specific topic regarding defined article, for it has bothered some students a lot recently.

This golden watch is limited edition sounds like it belongs to a group of limited-edition watches.
This golden watch is a limited edition sounds like it is a specific watch that doesn't belong to other groups.

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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:45:10 PM

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Limited-edition is correct being a gerund. IMO

I am subject to correction.

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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:10:15 PM
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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Limited-edition is correct being a gerund. IMO

Not a gerund. Gerunds are verb forms functioning as nouns; they end in '-ing'.

"Limited-edition" is a compound adjective.
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:55:50 PM

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Thanks for correcting me, Audiendus.

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robjen
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:42:50 AM
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Thanks everyone. Sorry that I am still confused. Do you need the indefinite article "a" for limited edition? Could someone clarify it further? Thanks again.
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:32:12 AM

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robjen wrote:
Thanks everyone. Sorry that I am still confused. Do you need the indefinite article "a" for limited edition? Could someone clarify it further? Thanks again.


I've never seen or heard the collocation used without "a", as far as I can recall. The subject, whatever it is, is an edition that is limited; ergo, a limited edition.Also, I don't think it needs a hyphen. The two words stand alone, a "limited edition".


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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 4:22:09 AM

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There are two different sentences with different 'formulas'.

As FounDit says, one uses 'edition' as a noun (subject complement) and that noun is modified by "limited".

The gold watch is a limited edition. (Noun phrase + linking verb + noun phrase)

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The other sentence uses the adjective 'limited-edition'.
Therefore the sentence is :

The gold watch is limited-edition. (Noun phrase + linking verb + adjective)


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