What are the rules on hyphens in ages: 20-year-old...two hyphens?
What are the rules on hyphens in ages: 20-year-old...two hyphens, one after year or none? I feel as though I've seen it each way.
You may have seen it both ways, but that doesn't mean both are right.
He's a 22-year-old man with the mind of 10-year-old.
He is 22 years old.
He fits in with the group of 10- to 12-year olds.
He's a twenty-two-year-old man with the mind of ten-year-old.
He is twenty years old.
He fits in with the group of ten- to twelve-year olds.
SOURCE: Chicago Manual of Style
|link comment||answered Sep 10 '14 at 17:51 Brach New member|
Without properly placed (or properly-placed) hyphens, "The three sisters are twenty four year olds" is ambiguous. I am tempted to interpret that sentence as a metaphor meaning the three sisters are as high maintenance as twenty four-year-olds. Or, I could turn it into the following equations:
3 sisters=20 four-year-olds
3 sisters=24 one-year-olds
I would write it as: "The three sisters are 24-year olds."
|link comment||answered Aug 31 '15 at 18:36 S Turner New member|
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