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    Allthatjazznj Guest

    Default Centuries Used Adjectivally: Hyphenated?

    Which is the correct punctuation for centuries, when spelled out, used adjectivally--for example, "This is a twentiety-century phenomenon" or "This is a twentieth century phenomenon"?

    I cannot find this answer in the Chicago Manual of Style.

    Any help would be appreciated. :?

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    Susie Smith Guest

    Default Re: Centuries Used Adjectivally: Hyphenated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allthatjazznj
    Which is the correct punctuation for centuries, when spelled out, used adjectivally--for example, "This is a twentiety-century phenomenon" or "This is a twentieth century phenomenon"?

    I cannot find this answer in the Chicago Manual of Style.

    Any help would be appreciated. :?
    This is a twentieth-century phenomenon.

    Use a hyphen to connect two or more words functioning together as an adjective before a noun.
    She is not yet a well-known candidate.

    Generally, do not use a hyphen when such compounds follow the noun.
    After our television campaign, she will be well known.

    Source: A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker

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    Allthatjazznj Guest

    Default Re: Centuries Used Adjectivally: Hyphenated?

    Thanks. That would have been my judgment as well, though I find inconsistencies with the use of centuries. Also, what about percentages. "A 15-percent increase"? I often see "A 15 percent increase." Do percentages follow your same rule?

    Use a hyphen to connect two or more words functioning together as an adjective before a noun.
    She is not yet a well-known candidate.

    Generally, do not use a hyphen when such compounds follow the noun.
    After our television campaign, she will be well known.

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    Susie Smith Guest

    Default Re: Centuries Used Adjectivally: Hyphenated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allthatjazznj
    Thanks. That would have been my judgment as well, though I find inconsistencies with the use of centuries. Also, what about percentages. "A 15-percent increase"? I often see "A 15 percent increase." Do percentages follow your same rule?

    Use a hyphen to connect two or more words functioning together as an adjective before a noun.
    She is not yet a well-known candidate.

    Generally, do not use a hyphen when such compounds follow the noun.
    After our television campaign, she will be well known.
    I'd say "a 15 percent increase".

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    Default Re: Centuries Used Adjectivally: Hyphenated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allthatjazznj
    Thanks. That would have been my judgment as well, though I find inconsistencies with the use of centuries. Also, what about percentages. "A 15-percent increase"? I often see "A 15 percent increase." Do percentages follow your same rule?

    Use a hyphen to connect two or more words functioning together as an adjective before a noun.
    She is not yet a well-known candidate.

    Generally, do not use a hyphen when such compounds follow the noun.
    After our television campaign, she will be well known.
    Most style manuals I have seen do not recommend a hyphen in percents, even when they appear before a noun.

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