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    Height & Weight Spelled Out

    Dear Teachers,

    Are these punctuated correctly, especially with the commas?

    The infant weighed eleven pounds, twelve and a half ounces at birth.

    an eleven-pound, twelve-and-a-half-ounce newborn

    Joe's father is a whopping seven feet, two inches tall.

    a seven-foot, two-inch man
    a seven-foot, two-inch-tall man

    Thanks again for your continued guidance and support.

    With deep respect,

    swansong

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    Re: Height & Weight Spelled Out

    Hello swansong. It seems slightly odd to be writing this to a fellow native speaker of AmE. You should understand that the teachers on this site are descriptivist rather than prescriptivist. In my opinion the commas are always omitted in AmE and the hyphens almost always.

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    Re: Height & Weight Spelled Out

    I have never heard of the omission of hyphens in compound-modifying phrases. Is this new? Hyphens, I thought, facilitated ease of reading with compound modifiers before nouns.

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    Re: Height & Weight Spelled Out

    I disagree with Probus. There are those here who lean towards a prescriptivist view. Your use of commas and hyphens are standard. There will be variations among individuals, however.

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