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    a sixteen year old student

    1. She is a sixteen year old student from the USA.
    2. She is a sixteen-year-old student from the USA.
    Are the above sentences both acceptable?

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    Re: a sixteen year old student

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    1. She is a sixteen year old student from the USA.
    2. She is a sixteen-year-old student from the USA.
    Are the above sentences both acceptable?
    They are to me.

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    #3

    Re: a sixteen year old student

    I consider the hyphens to be essential.

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    Re: a sixteen year old student

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. She is a sixteen year old student from the USA.
    2. She is a sixteen-year-old student from the USA.
    Are the above sentences both acceptable?
    The hyphenated form is standard.

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    Re: a sixteen year old student

    Usually when you use a quantity or amount or length with a noun to form an adjective, the plural 's' is dropped. You would therefore talk about a 'Two hour journey to work'. In your example I would use: A two minute walk' and not use the hyphen. In your second list I would prefer: How many holidays are yet to come? How much holiday is yet to come? I wouldn't use 'is/are coming'. Again in the last list: A 15 minute walk' - no hyphen.

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    Expression: "How many holidays are coming?"
    1. He is an eight-year-old student.
    2. He is an eight year old student. (no hyphen)
    Did you mean #2 is also acceptable, Alan?
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    Yes.
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    Re: a sixteen year old student

    Is there a reason why you posted that link?

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    Re: a sixteen year old student

    Alan & bhaisahab: Not using the hyphens is acceptable.

    Rover & MikeNewYork: The hyphenated form is standard.

    I hope more native speakers post their opinions.
    Last edited by sitifan; 03-Dec-2013 at 15:47.

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    Re: a sixteen year old student

    My opinion is that, as a matter of style used in the US, the hyphens are required. Omitting them would be a mistake on any copywriting or editing test. I would also write "16-year-old" instead of "sixteen-year-old" but don't consider spelling it out to be wrong.
    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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