Hyphen In Compound Adjective With Fractions
When using a fraction (e.g. half or quarter) as part of a compound adjective, it should be hyphenated so the reader understands which fraction is modifying which noun.
I half-wanted to commit a felony.
A quarter-million dollars is still a large amount of money.
You’ll need one-third of a pound of flour and one egg.
Two-quarters are equal to one half, but one-half sounds smaller.
Three-quarters of his working hours are spent teaching mathematics; one-quarter is spent writing textbooks for elementary schools.
That’s a half-baked idea if I ever heard one!
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