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    Hyphen

    "She wrote an over 100-page paper on ...."

    There should be no hyphen between "over" and "100," right?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "She wrote an over 100-page paper on ...."
    The meaning is awkward. Try,


    • She wrote over 100 pages.
    • She wrote more than 100 pages.

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    Re: Hyphen

    It didn't sound awkward to me.

    Is it at least correct, though?

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    It didn't sound awkward to me. Is it at least correct, though?
    I suppose it is not incorrect.

    I don't like the sound of it, though. I prefer lauralie's suggestions, or She wrote a paper of over 100 pages. Still, it's your writing. If it sound OK to you, go ahead.

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Is it at least correct, though?
    Yes: there shouldn't be a hyphen after 'over'.

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "She wrote an over 100-page paper on ...."

    There should be no hyphen between "over" and "100," right?

    Thanks!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Jasmin,


    I most respectfully suggest that some (very few?) people would

    prefer the hyphen.

    (1) I googled for about an hour, and I frankly admit that the

    hyphen is not often used nowadays. After all, simplicity is the

    today's keyword.

    (2) Nevertheless, that does not mean that a hyphen is

    "wrong."

    (3) Actually, if one thinks about it, a hyphen makes sense. The

    word "over" is modifying "100," with "100" modifying "page."

    (4) I found only three similar citations. This comes from Google

    Books: Fiance & Marriage Visas/ A Couple's Guide to U.S.

    Immigration, p. 309 (author: Llona Bray):

    1 - 130 visa petition was submitted for the over-21-year-old

    at the same time.

    (5) I most respectfully submit that the hyphen makes things

    very clear, elegant, unified, and logical.


    Thank you

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