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    #1

    chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    How should I say:
    1) Read chapter 1-2 and answer the questions or
    2) Read chapters 1-2 and answer the questions?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    Chapters 1 and 2.

    I wouldn't write it as "chapters 1-2" either.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    And if I want them to read six chapters, starting from chapter 2? How should I say it? Should I name every chapter or just say 'Read from chapter 2 to chapter 8 inclusively'?
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    #4

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    Chapters 2 to 8 inclusive is seven chapters, not six.
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    #5

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    You can say Read chapters two through seven, at least in AmE, if you want them to read six chapters. I have a feeling BrE requires inclusive somewhere, though.
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    #6

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    BrE uses to — not through, with inclusive to make it clear.

    'Read chapters two to seven inclusive.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Jun-2016 at 11:48.

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    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    Is the word "inclusive" necessary? I would just say "two to seven"(since there is nothing between six and seven).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Jun-2016 at 11:49.
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    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    It's not necessary, but it's highly advisable to prevent misunderstandings.

    (There are four between two and seven.)

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    #9

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    Is the following correct? How about pages? Do you write the numbers of pages to be read in the same way as chapters or is it okay to put a hyphen between them?
    Read chapters 1 to 4 inclusive (pp 1-36) (BrE)
    Read chapters 1 through 4 (pp 1-36) (AmE)
    Last edited by englishhobby; 29-Jun-2016 at 16:25.
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    #10

    Re: chapter 1-2 or chapters 1-2

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is the following correct? How about pages? Do you write the numbers ogf pages to be ead in the same way as chapters or is it okay to put a hyphen between them?
    Read chapters 1 to 4 inclusive (pp 1-36) (BrE)
    Read chapters 1 through 4 (pp 1-36) (AmE)
    I think everyone would understand pp 1-36 to mean page one through thirty-six, inclusive. The short form is fine.
    I am not a teacher.

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