## 英语写作 | 老外也会犯的写作错误（3）Give

There are two ways of expressing a notice period, as follows:
“通知期限”的表达方式有以下两种：

1. Under Clause 4.2 one month’s notice is required in order to terminate the agreement.
根据条款4.2的规定，终止协议前须要有一个月的通知期限。
2. Under Clause 4.2 a one-month notice period is required in order to terminate the agreement.
根据条款4.2的规定，终止协议前须要有一个月的通知期限。

Anything else, or a mixture of these two constructions, is wrong. Note than in the first example above “notice” is an uncountable noun so it cannot take “a/an”. In the second example, “notice period” is countable, so we must say “a notice period”. “One-month” is a compound adjective, so a hyphen (-) is required.

More example:

• Three months’ notice of an intention to terminate an employment contract is required after an employee has been employed for three years.
员工入职三年后，其终止用工合同的通知期限自动升级为三个月。
• A three-month notice period of an intention to terminate an employment contract is required after an employee has been employed for three years.
员工入职三年后，其终止用工合同的通知期限自动升级为三个月。

Remember that in this sense of the word “notice” is uncountable, so you cannot give somebody a notice. You can only give somebody notice. But of course you can give somebody a week’s notice because “a” refers to “week” (and means “one”). In the same way you give somebody two weeks’ notice etc.