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    Suspended Hyphenation

    We don't include a hyphen in "$2 million investment.

    That said, would you agree that the examples below are correct in terms of suspended hyphenation?

    <a $55 million- to $65 million-a-year business empire>

    I believe that I need to use the word "million" twice for clarity. We cannot write "a $55- to $65 million-a-year business," because if we did, the reader may initially interpret the suspended "$55-" as "fifty-five dollars," agreed?
    Regardless, is my first example correctly punctuated with suspensive hyphenation (i.e., the example with "million" used twice)?

    <a $150,000- to $200,000-a-year tax cut>
    Correct as written?

    And, The Chicago Manual of Style says that we shouldn't use a hyphen between a number and the word "percent." Based on that edict, do you concur that the following is written/punctuated correctly? The modifier "percent-a-year" needs the hyphens because it's a phrasal adjective that modifies the word "increase" in this exemplar. Correct as punctuated below?

    a 25 to 30 percent-a-year increase in crime

    Again, I thank you for your valuable time.

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    Re: Suspended Hyphenation

    You won't find such hyphens in the Wall Street Journal. You won't find them in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

    You have asked essentially the same question three times today. Don't you read newspapers? Or do you not consider prestigious journals authoritative?

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    Re: Suspended Hyphenation

    I just did a random search on all three sites, and they do in fact use the hyphens in these phrases. Where did you get the information that they didn't use hyphens?

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    Re: Suspended Hyphenation

    You need a hyphen between the numeral and the word "million."
    But the style is terrible.

    An increase of $55–65 million.

    No one will think "Oh, you must mean $55 all the way to $65,000,000."
    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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    Re: Suspended Hyphenation

    Quote Originally Posted by swansong View Post
    We cannot write "a $55- to $65 million-a-year business," because if we did, the reader may initially interpret the suspended "$55-" as "fifty-five dollars," agreed?
    I wouldn't agree- people do tend to go for more logical interpretations before possible ones, so I think it's fair to assume that most would take this as meaning 55 million.

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