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    A writing form question.

    I have seen people write 'a twenty-minute walk', which is deemed correct.

    Then, if it is a 25-minute walk, people tend to write it as ' a twenty-five minute walk' rather than 'a twenty-five-minute walk'.

    My question is:

    Which is a more academically acceptable way of the two:

    a twenty-five minute walk or a twenty-five-minute walk ?

    Thank you.

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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    Re: A writing form question.

    Why would you drop the hyphen just because it now has two words?

    A twenty-minute walk
    A twenty-five-minute walk

    In many style manuals, numbers over 10 are written as numerals.

    A 20-minute walk.
    A 25-minute walk.
    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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