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by Quillkastle

Lots of people are on the speeding wagon of #10***challenge. Cool. It tells a fascinating story of your journey to this very moment; it sharpens your sense of appreciation; it humbles you.
However, very few people notice the difference between #10yearchallenge and #10yearschallenge. I understand that hash sign # allows you to merge sentences and phrases without obeying the word boundary rule. Yet, it does not stop you from achieving grammaticality and sense. So I am going to do away with the # sign and hash out the phrase.
“Ten years challenge.” The “ten years” should be appropriately written thus: “ten years’ challenge.” This is where the challenge belongs to ten years. Possessive adjective. “Ten years’” modifies the noun “challenge.”
Also, you could write it this way: “ten-year challenge.” The “ten” and “year” separated by a hyphen become one word adjective to modify the noun “challenge” so that it becomes a grammatical sin to add the inflection “s” at the back of the “year” in this case.
Using plural nouns that end in “s” as adjectives can be so confusing. It’s always good to add an apostrophe after the final “s” so that percipient readers understand that you are not muddling things up.
When you use two or more nouns as adjectives to modify another noun, do not pluralize the noun that comes after a numeral. You either use a hyphen between the two nouns or put all the nouns acting as adjectives in quotation marks. You can even premodify it with articles. E.g. Ten- MAN committee. Three-day summit. A five-day conference. Your “ten-year picture” challenge.
So I don’t understand what you guys talk about when you write or say #10yearschallenge.

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