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Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by yarka, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. yarka Senior Member

    Spanish
    Hi,

    I would like to know if the following sentence is correct:
    "This game is supposed to be for five year-old"

    Is incorrect to say:
    "This game is supposed to be for five year-olds"
    ?

    I think the last one is not correct but I've seen it written. Could somebody help me?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. kayokid

    kayokid Senior Member

    Chicago
    English, USA
     
  3. bwuw

    bwuw Senior Member

    Spanish (Spain) and Catalan
    Hi,
    I actually have a similar question. Which of these sentences is correct?
    1) 14 year-old or younger are banned to own a pet.
    2) 14 year-olds or younger are banned to own a pet.
    3) 14 year-old or younger people are banned to own a pet.

    I think 2) and 3) are correct, but what about number 1)? Morevoer, would the verb "are not allowed" sound better than "are banned" in this context?
    Thanks!

    B
     
  4. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    England
    British English
    1) 14 year-old or younger are banned to own a pet. :cross:
    2) 14 year-olds or younger are banned to own a pet.:cross:
    3) 14 year-old or younger people are banned to own a pet. :cross:

    14-year-olds or younger are banned from owning a pet. :tick:

    'Not allowed' sounds good. Then you have to say:

    14-year-olds or younger are not allowed to own a pet.
     
  5. gengo

    gengo Senior Member

    I agree with JJ, but I think it sounds better to say "14-year-olds and younger are..." That conjunction better preserves the plural sense.
     
  6. bwuw

    bwuw Senior Member

    Spanish (Spain) and Catalan
    Thanks, that's so helpful!
     
  7. clonedcat New Member

    Jacksonville Florida
    Spanish - Mexico
    Very Formal, I suppose, but I have seen this as well:

    Fourteen years or younger, not allowed to own a pet.

    Cheers
     
  8. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    Note that Wandering JJ's approved examples (#4) are (correctly) written with two hyphens: "14-year-olds".
    Some of us believe that it's not good practice to begin a sentence with numerals; that it's preferable to spell out "Fourteen-year-olds and younger..."
     
  9. aztlaniano

    aztlaniano Senior Member

    Lavapiestán, Madrid
    English (Aztlán, US sector)
    Right. And the OP should be "for a five-year-old" or "for five-year-olds".
     

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