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    mid-to-late

    Hello teachers,


    I am having a question regarding hyphenation.

    The phrase in question is "mid-to-late" 1990s.

    Is the hyphenation correct here, or should it be "the mid- to late 1990s"?

    Thank you!
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    Re: mid-to-late

    Their popularity reached a peak in the mid- to late-1990s.

    It's called a suspended hyphen.
    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: mid-to-late

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Their popularity reached a peak in the mid- to late-1990s.
    Yes, I am aware of suspended hyphens.

    My doubt is, do we need a hyphen between late and 1990s?

    Would "mid- to late 1990s" be wrong?

    We normally write The school was built in the late 1970s. (Example taken from Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary.)

    Thank you for your patience.

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    #4

    Re: mid-to-late

    I would use no hyphens at all there. That's a personal choice, not a recommendation.

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    #5

    Re: mid-to-late

    Ugh. That's what I get for changing my example half-way through.
    They were a mid- to late-90s phenomenon.

    I would not use the hyphens without the phrase appearing before a noun, but I wouldn't find using it an abomination.
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    Re: mid-to-late

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMelange View Post
    My doubt is, do we need a hyphen between late and 1990s?
    Other members have answered your query. I want to point out that in international English, you have a question, not a doubt.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: mid-to-late

    Thank you! I shall keep that in mind.

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    #8

    Re: mid-to-late

    Please say:

    I have a question.

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    #9

    Re: mid-to-late

    I think GoesStation has already made that point.

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    Re: mid-to-late

    I think Tarheel was referring to the OP's use of "I am having a question" in post #1, rather than GoesStation's point which referred to "My doubt is ..." in post #3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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