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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:42:26 AM

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Here https://www.thefreedictionary.com/sick+leave you can find this:

"a ten day's leave to visit his mother"

Is that correct? I though it should be

a ten-day leave
or
ten days' leave
thar
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 4:39:19 AM

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I think it should.
The noun is different.

Ten days' leave
Leave of ten days.
Noun + possessive
Two men's work

A ten-day leave
Noun + compound adjective. Compound adjectives use the singular
A leave which lasts for ten days.
A two-man job



But some people might say that, I guess. Tfd is an agglomerator, not a dictionary compiler.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:45:33 AM
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I did click onto the link - which is all about the word "sick", right? I couldn't find the phrase anywhere - though I admit I didn't 'study' the whole page, just skimmed the supplied sentences.

While Thar accedes that it could or might be used somewhere, by some people, I would advise that, as it isn't Standard English it would not be advisable to use it.

thar
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:10:02 AM

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The page was another entry - sick leave.

If you just paste it and let it make itself a link automatically it stops at the + so it directs to a different page.

To make the whole thing a link you need to use the link icon (or code it yourself).



https://www.thefreedictionary.com/sick+leave

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/sick+leave
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:19:26 AM
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Ah, ok. Thanks.

But, hey, it's the weekend and am on my way out so I don't have time to faff around too much.

However one links to the page where it came up though, I stick to my previous advice: it's not Standard English so using it would just appear incorrect to other English speakers.
thar
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:26:02 AM

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Yes, İ did the same before realising. The advice was to Ivan.
İ agree with you not to use it - İ was just feeling generous towards whichever dictionary did use it.

Well-spotted, Ivan.
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