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?

hyphens asked Feb 28 '13 at 13:23 Sylvia Bienvenu New member

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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!

link edited Mar 01 '13 at 19:26 Actually Holly Expert

Holly please also correct the period aftter Beaumont. It should be a comma. In all other respects, I agree with your answer.

Shawn MooneyMar 01 '13 at 12:43

Whoops! Done.

Actually HollyMar 01 '13 at 19:26

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