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    When using "year to date" in a sentence, when is it proper to hyphenate?

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    Always write "year to date" without dashes. They seem old-fashioned.

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    Default Re: Year to date

    I must disagree.

    Use the hyphens with year-to-date.

    It's how it's listed here: Year-to-Date financial definition of Year-to-Date. Year-to-Date finance term by the Free Online Dictionary. and here: Year-To-Date Definition, two sources I would trust, as well as in the content on numerous other sites.

    They don't look old-fashioned. They look correct.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Year to date

    I think the custom varies from country to country.

    In Canada, the hyphens are left out more often than not. If you look at government documents, you will see both "year to date" and "year-to-date", but more often without hyphens.

    "year to date" site:gc.ca - Google Search
    Last edited by abaka; 12-Nov-2010 at 23:17.

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