Month of trekking/ Month trekking

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hamlet

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Français (FR)
Would you rather say

I'm back from a month trekking in Australia

or

I'm back from a month of trekking in Australia


I remember someone told me you should say "two hours of English" etc. I wonder if it's the same rule here.
 
  • nzfauna

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    New Zealand, English
    No, you wouldn't say "two hours English". It is not the same construction as your first example, so can' be used the same.


    N.B. Another way to render your first sentence could be:

    I've just returned from a month's holiday, trekking in Australia.

    Just an idea.
     

    Arrius

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    English, UK
    A month's trekking in Australia is perfectly good English.
    A month trekking in Australia is elliptical (or short) for A month spent trekking in Australia, and is OK as well, as is also a month of trekking in Oz.
     

    bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    "Two hours' English" sounds odd because English is not a gerund like trekking. If it is understandable through the context, I might use it. Though I find "two hours of English" preferable.
    "After a few hours' wait" also sounds acceptable to me.
     
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