Have you ever found yourself writing or revising your manuscript and confused about the rule for using a hyphen? Even though the confusion won’t stop you from writing, it can frustrate an author when they’re trying to polish their manuscript.
For today’s post, I’m strictly focusing on hyphenating ages. The answer to hyphenate or not to hyphenate is always the same when using the CMOS style guide, which is the same guide used for books published in the US.
3 Ways Ages Are Used in a Sentence
There are three typical ways that age (the adjective) is used to describe someone or something in a sentence. What are these?
Examples of Sentences
If you’re wondering whether or not I love sugar cookies, I do. I also love many other forms of sweets, too, unless they’re expired and are sixty years old. My favorite are minute-old cookies that are still hot and gooey.
For a detailed list of CMOS rules regarding ages and more, check out the site: Editing and Indexing. I love that site because it also clearly states the differences between AP and CMOS style.
I hope these examples have helped you figure out whether or not to use hyphens when inserting the age of a noun (a person, place, or thing) within a sentence. When in doubt, ask an editor. You can always send me a quick email if you have a question about editing.
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