1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

    Feb 26, 2013
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    No dangling hyphens here!

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 30, 2014.

    Sorry to ask this, but nobody likes to dangle a hyphen—suspensively, that is. Would you support my examples below? Purdy please, no rewording. :)

    •a three-to-five-year plan
    •seven-to-ten-inch boards
    •cut in eight-and-a-half-to-ten-inch lengths
    •8 1/2-to-12-inch lengths
    •3-to-5-year-old kids
    •3-to-5-year-olds (noun)
    •a 10-to-20-percent-a-year increase
    •a 300-to-500-word explication
    •But: 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds

    Finally, if we use 'and', do we hyphenate throughout? If not, how'd you punctuate the two examples below without altering the wording?

    ...received between a
    $10,000-and-$15,000-a-year raise

    ...made between a
    $10-million-and-$20-million-a-year increase in sales


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