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    Are the commas and hyphens correct in these examples?

    Are these examples correct with the comma separators? And are the hyphens correctly placed in the compound modifiers in the first two examples?

    a two-hour, fifty-one-minute, forty-second finish time


    a five-year, three-month, nine-day project


    Joe's finishing time was two hours, fifty-one minutes, forty seconds.


    The project lasted exactly five years, nine months, and three days.


    I thank you for your time.


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    Re: Are the commas and hyphens correct in these examples?

    Here's how I would write them:

    A two-hour, fifty-one-minute, forty-second finish time

    a five-year, three-month, nine-day project

    Joe's finishing time was two hours, fifty-one minutes, forty seconds.

    All OK with me, but I would also consider them correct with no commas at all.

    The project lasted exactly five years, nine months, and three days.

    Fowler and every style manual I have ever seen recommend omitting that final comma.

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    Re: Are the commas and hyphens correct in these examples?

    Thank you, probus.

    Is this what you meant (without the commas)? Are the examples below better? Do you concur with all of them?

    •a two-hour fifty-one-minute forty-second finish time

    •a five-year three-month nine-day project

    •Joe's finishing time was two hours fifty-one minutes forty seconds.

    •Joe's finishing time was two hours fifty-one minutes and forty seconds.
    (If we insert "and," do we still omit the commas?)


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    Re: Are the commas and hyphens correct in these examples?

    Without the commas, they don't work for me. You can omit a comma if you use "and".

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