Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Hyphens with ages

When an age is used as an adjective that comes before a noun and modifies that noun, or if the age is a noun, it should be hyphenated. For instance:

  • Sixteen-year-old Jayme is excited to get her license.
  • The happy sixteen-year-old can't wait to legally drive a car.
  • Jayme is a sixteen-year-old. (A hyphen is used because "girl" is implied.)
However, if the age is just a part of the adjective phrase following a noun, a hyphen isn't needed. Such as:

  • Jayme is sixteen years old.

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