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    -long (suffix)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 24, 2014.

    Without rewording, would you hyphenate these?

    Plurals
    a
    days-long / weeks-long / months-long / years-long / decades-long / centuries-long debate

    Singulars
    a
    day-long / week-long / month-long / year-long / decade-long / century-long debate

    a seconds-long pause (plural)
    a second-long pause (singular)

    a minutes-long silence (plural)
    a minute-long pause (singular)

    If not, in which examples would you drop the hyphens?

    Thank you. :)
     
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    Yes, I would use a hyphen.
     
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    Thank you. :)
     
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    this is just another example of the simple rule for multiple words being used as an adjective, that you seem to be forgetting to apply, dill...
     
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    I was just ensuring this was in fact the case. I've seen written forms of 'daylong,' 'monthslong,' 'decadeslong,' 'centurieslong,' etc., which look ridiculous to me.
     
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    'daylong' and 'decadelong' are actual, acceptable words in most--if not all--dictionaries...

    'monthlong' is acceptable in some dictionaries...

    however, the plural version of all 3 is always hyphenated...

    you'll see all kinds of errors... just because some who don't know any better use them, doesn't make them legit...
     
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    amen
     

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