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    Dashes in 'Bill was seven years old' or 'Bill was seven-years-old'

    I wondering whether I should put dashes into my sentences as in these examples:

    'Bill was seven years old'

    Or do I need to put dashes in like 'Bill was seven-years-old'?

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    Re: Dashes in 'Bill was seven years old' or 'Bill was seven-years-old'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    I wondering whether I should put dashes into my sentences as in these examples:

    'Bill was seven years old'

    Or do I need to put dashes in like 'Bill was seven-years-old'?
    No dashes.

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    Re: Dashes in 'Bill was seven years old' or 'Bill was seven-years-old'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    I wondering whether I should put dashes into my sentences as in these examples:

    'Bill was seven years old'

    Or do I need to put dashes in like 'Bill was seven-years-old'?
    Hi Ulysses,

    I think you don't need to use hyphens. The meaning of your sentence don't change, it is clear for me, and I am not a teacher, but just a learner.

    Cordially,

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    Re: Dashes in 'Bill was seven years old' or 'Bill was seven-years-old'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No dashes.
    The hyphens become an issue when you're dealing with an attributive adjective. Some house styles - including my own, when I'm on my best behaviour - would have these two:

    Bill was twelve years old.
    Bill was a twelve-year-old boy.

    Some people prefer to dispense with this sort of pernicketiness!

    b

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