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  1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    'mid-' (prefix)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 18, 2014.

    Which, stylistically, looks best to you? My choices are bolded.

    mid-to-upper 50s /
    mid- to upper 50s / mid to upper 50s

    **** 'mid- to upper 50s' looks weird with that dangling hyphen, huh?

    And... which looks the better of the two?

    Temps are expected in the low-to-mid-50s.

    Temps are expected in the low to mid-50s.

    Thank you.
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i would next to never choose to dangle a hyphen...

    in editing, i'd allow either of the last 2 examples...
     
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    Komposten Insanitary pile of rotten fruit Staff Supporter Contributor

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    I'd most likely use the first ("low-to-mid-50s"), but either works. (Not with the dangling hyphen, though)
     
  4. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    So, to condense, these are good, right? My choices are underlined in blue font.

    mid-to-upper 50s
    mid to upper 50s
    low-to-mid-50s
    low to mid-50s
     
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    caveat:
    it would depend on where used... if used as an adjective, the whole thing would have to be hyphenated, as it serves in place of a single-word adjective...

    as in:
    The low-to-mid-50s weather was unusual for spring months, in that latitude.
     
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    Komposten Insanitary pile of rotten fruit Staff Supporter Contributor

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    And when using it as "During the low to mid 50s, it was popular with [...]", would it be correct to hyphenate as "low-to-mid-50s", "low-to-mid 50s" or not use hyphens at all?
     
  7. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i would only hyphenate 'mid-50s' since the words are not forming an adjective in that context...
     

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