Hyphens in years old
In the sentence "In 1936, Marie Beaumont. a twenty-five year old brunette beautician, moved to Jeanerette."
(1) Should I use "years" or "year"?
(2) Should I hypenate all four words "twenty-five-year-old" or use two sets of hypenated words "twenty-five year-old"?
(3) or is some other format the correct way?
Since they're all part of one big compound modifier, all the words should be connected with hyphens, like this:
In 1936, Marie Beaumont, a twenty-five-year-old brunette beautician, moved to Jeanerette.
If you want to cut down on hyphens to make it look a little smoother, you can do this:
In 1936, Marie Beaumont, a 25-year-old brunette beautician, moved to Jeanerette.
Hope that helps!
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