Which is the correct version (or are both correct?):

accrued through dedicated 4 years in IB


accrued through a dedicated 4 years in IB

  • Please show what research you have done so far. One of them is wrong but could be corrected by swapping the positions of two "words". Feb 3, 2018 at 19:00
  • I did not find the answer anywhere on the web hence the post here. I think you are hinting at- ' through 4 dedicated years in IB.' I think I will go with this one. Thanks for your comment.
    – Aanchal S
    Feb 3, 2018 at 19:59
  • @AanchalS That is correct. We don't use an article for the plural indefinite (we can optionally use "some" if we don't specify an amount). So, if it were only one year, we would say "a dedicated year."
    – BobRodes
    Feb 3, 2018 at 20:19
  • Yes, that it was I was thinking. Forgive me for making you work through it :o) Feb 3, 2018 at 22:04
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    @BobRodes But don't we in this case? english.stackexchange.com/questions/252173/…
    – user3395
    Feb 4, 2018 at 1:26

1 Answer 1


They are both incorrect. 4 years is not a noun, so you shouldn't apply adjectives to it. You can either move the adjective to the noun:

accrued through 4 dedicated years in IB

or use a different noun:

accrued through a dedicated, four-year term in IB


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