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Are You Using Hyphens Correctly?

By
Mignon Fogarty,
March 10, 2011

Are You Using Hyphens Correctly?

Many people get confused about when to use hyphens when writing ages. Here's a Quick and Dirty Tip that will help: When the age is an adjective that comes before the noun and modifies the noun, or when the age is a noun, hyphenate.


  • My eight-year-old neighbor wrote a poem about commas for National Grammar Day.

  • That 70-year-old with the purple hoodie loves Justin Bieber.

When the age is part of an adjective phrase after the noun, don't hyphenate.

  • Charlie Sheen is 45 years old

  • His twin sons are nearly two years old.

Read more about hyphens.

 

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