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  1. jakeybum

    jakeybum Active Member

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    Range

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by jakeybum, Mar 7, 2017.

    Hi.

    The Chicago Manual of Style lists "$3–$5 million" (with the en dash) for a range.

    If we go a step further, would the following work?

    a $3–$5 million a year contract
    a $50–$100 million per year industry

    I don't think "million" needs to be used twice in these phrases, e.g., a $3 million–$5 million a year contract, because I don't think anybody in this world would interpret $3 to mean "three dollars" in the first example, or $50 to mean "fifty dollars" in the second example. Agreed?

    1. Are my two original examples above punctuated correctly?

    2. Could I use a hyphen (e.g., a $3-$5 million a year contract;
    a $50-$100 million per year industry) instead of the en dash?

    Thank you.
     
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    jannert Member Supporter Contributor

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    I'd have to see it in context to tell whether I'd be confused before I got to the 'million.' Probably not. I could live with these, especially if it was a fast-moving context, such as a newspaper story.

    However, another way to write this would be a 'three to five million-dollar-per-year contract.' The phrase is technically a compound adjective, so would require hyphenation.
     

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