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    Hyphens

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by kaleidoscopeyes, Oct 21, 2014.

    In BE, do these work for the ranges?

    For the range we'd omit the hyphens in '30 year old', but if it's singular we'd include the hyphens. See below. Are these examples punctuated correctly?

    RANGE
    a 25-30 year old
    25-30 year old men
    25-30 year olds

    SINGULAR / ADJECTIVE
    a 30-year-old
    a 30-year-old man

    RANGE
    a 6-10 pound weight loss

    ADJECTIVE
    a 10-pound weight loss

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    RANGE - I wouldn't use a hyphen at all. A 'to' makes for better scanning to me.

    SINGULAR / ADJECTIVE - That's how I would do both examples.

    RANGE - I wouldn't. "A weight loss between six and ten pounds".

    ADJECTIVE - Same as above - "He lost ten pounds".
     

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