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Old November 16, 2009, 10:18 AM
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what is the difference in meaning? Thanks in advance.
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what is the difference in meaning? Thanks in advance.
I suspect there is no real difference between them. If I were forced to find a difference, I would say that a 'one hour walk' is a specific planned route for a walker, say in a woodland with paths for walking. 'One hour's walk' is more general, so you might say to a lazy teenager 'no, you can't take the car, it's only an hour's walk'

But this might just be me.
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A one-hour walk (notice that it takes a hyphen) and an hour's walk are synonymous terms, in my opinion.
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nice definition, Perikles.
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I would say that a one-hour walk is a walk lasting one hour, and one hour's walk is its length. I can't offhand think of a sentence in which you can't substitute "5 kilometres" for "one hour's walk", but it doesn't make sense to say "After dinner we went for a 5 kilometres".
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another nice "fine line". the two phrases are certainly synonymous, as
Rusty pointed out. the nuances in language study!

in spanish, i would say (for both) "...paseo de una hora" or "vuelta de
una hora". ¿hay otras frases más precisas en Español?

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I thought there was a difference. Sorry.

Could it be :
One hour´s walk = occurring at a specific time
one-hour walk= things that occur regularly

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another nice "fine line". the two phrases are certainly synonymous
My point is that they aren't synonymous: they have different meanings and can't be interchanged freely.

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One hour's walk: la distancia que se puede caminar en una hora
One-hour walk: un paseo que dura una hora
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I got it now, thank you P.
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another nice "fine line". the two phrases are certainly synonymous, as
Rusty pointed out. the nuances in language study!

in spanish, i would say (for both) "...paseo de una hora" or "vuelta de
una hora". ¿hay otras frases más precisas en Español?

gracias,

hermit
You can say:

Estuve paseando durante una hora.
He hecho un paseo de una hora.

De mi casa a la tuya hay una hora de distancia.
De mi casa al trabajo tengo una hora en coche.

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