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    Hello!

    I'm not sure how to write the following: a 2 metre high tree, a 2-metre high tree or a 2-metre-high tree?

    Thanks for helping!
    Kieka

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by kieka View Post
    Hello!

    I'm not sure how to write the following: a 2 metre high tree, a 2-metre high tree or a 2-metre-high tree?

    Thanks for helping!
    Kieka
    a 2-metre-high tree
    a two-metre-high tree
    a 2 metre high tree
    a 2-metre high tree

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    I'd suggest that you can omit the word "high."

    A two-metre tree.
    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: hyphen or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd suggest that you can omit the word "high."

    A two-metre tree.
    Hi Barb,

    I must politely disagree because, as you know, the 2 metres could also refer to the tree's diameter, or to its perimeter/circumference.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi Barb,

    I must politely disagree because, as you know, the 2 metres could also refer to the tree's diameter, or to its perimeter/circumference.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut
    I think you've got a point there. But personally, in such a circumstance the first thing that I would think of when talking about a tree would be its height, and not its diameter or perimeter (talking from an ex-carpenter's point of view).

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    Very interesting topic..
    But what if I have to write it in a research paper by using measurement units? Would this rule still remain valid?

    The journals I write for do not have specific guidelines for this issue, so I think that I should stick with traditional grammar rules....

    That said... should I write

    a 40-m-long road?


    thanks!

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    'A 40metre-long road.'

    40m might be taken to mean '40 miles'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    thanks. What I meant was: does the rule also stands when measurement units are used?
    i.e.: is it ok to write

    - a 2-cm-long stick

    - a 45-C-temperature

    and so on... all hyphened?

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    Default Re: hyphen or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by trapanipalermo View Post
    thanks. What I meant was: does the rule also stands when measurement units are used?
    i.e.: is it ok to write

    - a 2-cm-long stick

    - a 45-C-temperature

    and so on... all hyphened?
    No.

    a 2cm-long stick etc.

    Rover

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