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    An 18 year old ...


    An 18 year old steals his father's handgun, tries to commit suicide along with his pregnant girlfriend, opens fire at police officers who arrive at the scene to save them and is killed when they return fire.
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    Shouldn't we hyphenate an 18 year old? Is it an adjective phrase & as a result it doesn't need to be hyphenated?

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    An eighteen years old = I think this one is correct. If I am not mistaken, it is an adjective phrase.
    An eighteen-year-old = deadly wrong
    A thirteen-year-old boy= right
    A thirteen years old boy = wrong
    I am thirty five years old. = The underlined part is adjective phrase, isn't it? As a result, we don't need hyphen.

    Correct me pleas!

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    Re: An 18 year old ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    An 18 year old steals his father's handgun, tries to commit suicide along with his pregnant girlfriend, opens fire at police officers who arrive at the scene to save them and is killed when they return fire.
    More: Guns and abortions - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

    Shouldn't we hyphenate an 18 year old? Is it an adjective phrase & as a result it doesn't need to be hyphenated?

    Examples:

    An eighteen years old = I think this one is correct. If I am not mistaken, it is an adjective phrase.
    An eighteen-year-old = deadly wrong
    A thirteen-year-old boy= right
    A thirteen years old boy = wrong
    I am thirty five years old. = The underlined part is adjective phrase, isn't it? As a result, we don't need hyphen.

    Correct me pleas!
    I would hyphenate it. "An eighteen-year-old steals his father's handgun ..."
    I'm not sure why you suggested that it should be hyphenated and then went on to say that "An eighteen-year-old" is "deadly wrong". On a side note, I don't really think you can describe any construction as "deadly wrong"!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: An 18 year old ...




    When the age is an adjective that comes before the noun and modifies the noun, or when the age is a noun, hyphenate. When the age is part of an adjective phrase after the noun, don't hyphenate.

    More: Grammar Girl : Are You Using Hyphens Correctly? :: Quick and Dirty Tips

    Your take, please.

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    Re: An 18 year old ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post



    When the age is an adjective that comes before the noun and modifies the noun, or when the age is a noun, hyphenate. When the age is part of an adjective phrase after the noun, don't hyphenate.

    More: Grammar Girl : Are You Using Hyphens Correctly? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

    Your take, please.
    The age was the noun.
    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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