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    first-grade student

    Is this sentence grammatically correct? And should a hyphen be placed between "1st" and "grade"?

    "She is a 1st-grade middle school student."

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: first-grade student

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? And should a hyphen be placed between "1st" and "grade"?

    "She is a 1st-grade middle school student."

    Thank you very much.
    Dear queux:

    1) Yes, it is correct.
    2) If by '1st grade' you mean 'first year', I would not hyphenate it. If by '1st grade' you mean 'first-rate' (at the top of her class), then it would be hyphenated.

    Best wishes,

    Petra


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    Re: first-grade student

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear queux:

    1) Yes, it is correct.
    2) If by '1st grade' you mean 'first year', I would not hyphenate it. If by '1st grade' you mean 'first-rate' (at the top of her class), then it would be hyphenated.

    Best wishes,

    Petra
    Thank you very much. for you help.

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    Re: first-grade student

    Sorry, I must disagree with pyoung. In the US, "first grade" indicates the year of school that follows kindergarten. First grade students are about six years old. "Middle school" refers to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students (ages 11, 12 and 13 respectively). Maybe you could say "first year of middle school." Also, "1st" should be written as "first" when it's used in a sentence.


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    Re: first-grade student

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? And should a hyphen be placed between "1st" and "grade"?

    "She is a 1st-grade middle school student."

    Thank you very much.
    I don't think you can use that expression.

    For one thing, 1st should be written out as "first."

    If you do use the expression "first-grade" to modify a noun, then yes, it should be generally hyphenated.
    > She is a first-grade honor roll student.

    "She is a first grade student" might be an exception because the expression "first grade" is a customary term in itself, like "high school."

    You can't be a first grader AND a middle school student at the same time.

    > She is in the (her) first year of middle school. (age 11)
    > She is in the sixth grade. (age 11)
    > She is a first grader. (age 6)
    > She is a sixth grader. (age 11)
    > She is a first-grade honor roll student. (age 6)
    > She is a first-rate middle school student. (age 11, 12, or 13)
    > She is a first-rate honor roll student. (no age implied)
    > She is a home-schooled sixth grader. (age 11)

    > She is a first-year middle schooler. (age 11)
    - Not often used, I would say
    . There doesn't seem to be much advantage in referring to the sixth grade in such a roundabout way, especially when the SIXTH grade is described as the FIRST year.

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    Re: first-grade student

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Sorry, I must disagree with pyoung. In the US, "first grade" indicates the year of school that follows kindergarten. First grade students are about six years old. "Middle school" refers to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students (ages 11, 12 and 13 respectively). Maybe you could say "first year of middle school." Also, "1st" should be written as "first" when it's used in a sentence.
    This, of course, implies that the writer is referring to a student in the US school system. In some countries, Mexico for example, textbooks (and students) are leveled by 'grades' 1st-6th in primary school as well as 1st-2nd de bachillerato and 1st-4th de secundaria. It might be more appropriate for queux to use the word 'year' or 'level' instead of 'grade', but since there was no indication of the school system being referred to, one would not be able to say this definitively.
    In any case, the point I was trying to clarify was the meaning of 'first grade'. Was it referring to the student's 'grade' or level in school or her performance as a student? Either one of these interpretations is possible from the sentence submitted.

    Best wishes,

    Petra

    ...and, yes, 'first' rather than '1st' is correct.

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