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    Hyphens

    Do I need hyphens in the following:

    1.) left turn only
    2.) 21 year old man

    Thanks for the help,

    Paul

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    Re: Hyphens

    Quote Originally Posted by paul4567 View Post
    Do I need hyphens in the following:

    1.) left turn only -- no
    2.) 21 year old man -- yes

    Thanks for the help,

    Paul
    Hi Paul,
    You use hyphens when you have more than one word that work together to describe a noun. For example, you can have a big, blue ball, with no hyphens, because the ball is both big and blue. However, you have a blood-red sunset, because "blood" tells you which type of red, which tells you abou the sunset.

    In 1, there is only one noun, and so "left turn" does not require a hyphen.
    In 2, 21-year-old works together to describe the man, so you need the hyphens.

    {not a teacher}

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