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    Cool plus-or-minus

    Hi,

    In the following passage: "...it has an error of plus-or-minus 3%...." is the word "plus-or-minus" an adjective or an adverb?

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    Re: plus-or-minus

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    I've never seen that written with hyphens as one word.
    Both plus and minus are adjectives:
    "...it has an error of plus or minus 3%...."
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    Re: plus-or-minus

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    I've never seen that written with hyphens as one word.
    Both plus and minus are adjectives:
    "...it has an error of plus or minus 3%...."
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    I've read it on CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News --> "Is Bush already a lame duck?" Here is the paragraph:

    "The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday and was based on telephone interviews with 1,008 adult Americans. It has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 points."

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    Re: plus-or-minus

    Like Philly, I see no need for the hyphens: plus-or-minus 3 points - Google Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Like Philly, I see no need for the hyphens: plus-or-minus 3 points - Google Search
    Seems that CNN likes to digit hyphens.

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    Re: plus-or-minus

    I would hyphenate then when I wanted to turn it into an adjectival phrase:
    A plus-or-minus margin...

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