1. victo
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    nonfiction monetary range

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by victo, Jul 1, 2015.

    I cannot rephrase the following to "an annual contract of (or: worth) $5 million to $10 million," or "a contract worth $5 million to $10 million a year."

    That said, which in your opinion looks best/correct below? Which is the most accurate way of punctuating this commonly uttered phrase? If none of the examples below are correct, how would you punctuate this exact phrase without changing it?

    THIS IS FOR NONFICTION:

    (1) a $5-million-to-$10-million-a-year contract

    (2) a $5-to-$10-million-a-year contract

    (3) a $5 million- to $10 million-a-year contract

    Thank you.
     
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    BrianIff I'm so piano, a bad punctuator. Contributor

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    A five-to-ten million dollar a year contract.
     
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    A contract worth $5 million a year, rising to $10 million with extras/winning the league/sponsorship/selling advertising space on your body/car/perfume/...

    After all, there must be a reason why the contract is variable in value. A sportsperson who signs up for this will know what he's got to do to achieve the higher level, but he knows that he can get a mortgage on the basis of the lower figure.
     

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