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    From XX-XX

    Hi,
    I have seen a lot of instances where it is written: From Mon-Thu
    Is that actually correct?
    I am of the view that a hyphen should not be taken as 'to' in this instance when it starts with 'from'. Shouldn't it be expressed as: From Mon to Thu

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: From XX-XX

    IMO, the way it is written implies "from Monday or Tuesday". That is, the person who wrote that was not sure (or could not know for sure) whether something (whatever that is) would start on Monday or on Tuesday.

    Native speakers will probably shed some more light on this matter.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: From XX-XX

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    IMO, the way it is written implies "from Monday or Tuesday". That is, the person who wrote that was not sure (or could not know for sure) whether something (whatever that is) would start on Monday or on Tuesday.

    Native speakers will probably shed some more light on this matter.
    There is no suggestion of it meaning "from Monday or Tuesday" at all. If we mean that, we write "From Mon/Tues to Thurs".

    "From Mon - Thur" is just a slightly shorter way of writing "From Monday to Thursday". It wouldn't work in all contexts but it's understandable. I would find it more likely that if the dash is used instead of "to", then the "from" would probably be omitted as well.

    Working Mon-Thu is tiring.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: From XX-XX

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is no suggestion of it meaning "from Monday or Tuesday" at all. If we mean that, we write "From Mon/Tues to Thurs".

    "From Mon - Thur" is just a slightly shorter way of writing "From Monday to Thursday". It wouldn't work in all contexts but it's understandable. I would find it more likely that if the dash is used instead of "to", then the "from" would probably be omitted as well.

    Working Mon-Thu is tiring.
    Thanks so much for that valuable opinion! I have another query from that though: in which contexts would it not work? Would it be in the context of let's say a formal business letter? (in which case, I suppose even a hyphen would be inappropriate). To conclude, can I say this is more of an issue concerning style? As in grammatically, it is not incorrect?

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