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    hyphen or not?

    Which is correct -
    a 4-year-old boy
    a 4 year old boy
    Are there some other cases when we need hyphens?
    Thanks

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    Re: hyphen or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    Which is correct -
    a 4-year-old boy
    a 4 year old boy
    Are there some other cases when we need hyphens?
    Thanks
    (Not a teacher)
    It is another pattern to express "He is a boy of 4 years old".
    The first is preferable, as "4 years old" is put before the noun as an adjectival phrase.

    The second question is a BIG one, you'd better raise it with a new thread.

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