500 words article or 500 word article

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  1. Hunbbel Meer profile image81
    Hunbbel Meerposted 6 years ago

    500 words article or 500 word article

    Grammatically, which option should be used?

    Should it be:

    1. I have written a 500 words article.
    2. I have written a 500 word article.

    Moreover, what would be correct in the following scenario?

    1. I have written two 500 words articles
    2. I have written two 500 word articles


  2. Nesbyte profile image86
    Nesbyteposted 6 years ago

    In both cases, use the singular "word". It's as simple as that, but HP wouldn't let me leave the answer that short so I've added this sentence.

    1. Hunbbel Meer profile image81
      Hunbbel Meerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.

  3. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 6 years ago

    If you write "...500 word article", this would be correct. If you were to say "I wrote an article with 500 words", that would be correct. It all depends on where you place 'word' and 'article'. If they appear in that order, 'word' is singular, otherwise it is plural. I hope that's clear enough.

    1. Hunbbel Meer profile image81
      Hunbbel Meerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. But I was/am a bit confused about the singularity of the word 'word'. I thought it like that:

      If we talk about 1 word, then it is obviously singular. Though, as we are talking about 500 words (not 1 word), shouldn't it be plural? (words)

  4. lisasuniquevoice profile image72
    lisasuniquevoiceposted 6 years ago

    Hunbbel Meer,

    It should be "word, " not  "words."  The fact that you tell your reader that you've got a 500 word article is enough. You're saying I have 500 individual words for you. It is definitely "word."


  5. Goody5 profile image29
    Goody5posted 6 years ago

    After reading your question a couple of times, I would just go with the singular version of the word - "WORD". It just rolls off of the tongue, and sounds better. Keep on hubbing  smile

  6. Lisa HW profile image61
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    If I were writing that sentence I'd use, "500-word article" because the "500" and "word" are used together to describe the article.  I may be overlooking some exception to this grammar rule; but, in general, when two words are used to describe a noun (and when those two words need to be together because they "work" together to describe the noun) the two words are hyphenated.

    In comparison, another sentence might be, "I wrote a long, serious, article."  The two words that describe the article can act alone; so the comma is used.  One could say, "I wrote a long and serious article."  In contrast, the "500" and "word" "need" each other and wouldn't be used alone - hence, the hyphen.


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