This is a $60 shirt / This shirt is $60

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t written a blog in 2 weeks, I have had a cold with a bad cough 🙁
I hope today’s blog is helpful 🙂

This is a $60 shirt / This shirt is $60
Do you know how to read these sentences?

This is a $60 shirt. = This is a sixty dollar shirt.
Easy right? Lets try the second sentence.
This shirt is $60. = This shirt is sixty dollars.
Did you get it right? In the first sentence we say “sixty dollar”, In the second we say “sixty dollars.” I’ll explain why:

In the first sentence the subject (the main noun) is “shirt,” and $60 is an adjective. (Adjectives describe nouns) If an amount of something, money, years, etc. is used as an adjective, it doesn’t get an S.
“He is a 12 year old boy.” (the main subject is boy)
“I have a 5 year contract with my company.” (the main subject is contract)
“I eat usually lunch at my office because I only have a 45 minute lunch break.” (the main subject is lunch break)

Dollars, years, hours, minutes are all countable nouns, that means if there is more than 1 dollar or more than 1 year we need to add an S on the end. (I have 5 dollars. He has lived in Toronto for 2 years.) Remember that in the first example sentence $60 is not a noun, it is an adjective, the main subject is the noun shirt. If you look at our second example sentence the main noun is the price of the shirt, $60 so we say sixty dollars.
“That boy is 12 years old.”
“My contract is 5 years.”
“I usually eat lunch at my office because my lunch break is only 45 minutes.”

Please be careful, this is a $300,000 car!!!

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