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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:36:16 AM
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Corporal Lee, then 19 and a guardsman collapsed right after completing a 8km fast march.

1. Can "Lee, then 19, a guardsman, collapsed..." replace the above text?

2. Should it be "8-km" instead?

Thanks!
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:16:21 AM

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YOu need the comma because "then 19 and a guardsman" is a non-restrictive appositive, which must be set of from the sentence using commas.

TFD's Farlex Grammar lesson on Appositives includes this.

An appositive is a noun that serves to describe or rename another noun (or pronoun) that appears directly before or after it in a sentence.
When an appositive is made up of a noun phrase, it is known as an appositive phrase.

Good lesson -- worth reading.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:18:58 AM

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I agree with what Wilmar wrote.

As for the distance, I think it is correct as 8 km, but it should have said "an 8 km fast march. There is usually a space between the number and the letters on most signs I've seen.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:50:27 PM
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FounDit wrote:
I agree with what Wilmar wrote.

As for the distance, I think it is correct as 8 km, but it should have said "an 8 km fast march. There is usually a space between the number and the letters on most signs I've seen.

Thanks, FounDit!

Should 8 km be hyphenated? Hence, an 8-km fast race.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:49:35 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
FounDit wrote:
I agree with what Wilmar wrote.

As for the distance, I think it is correct as 8 km, but it should have said "an 8 km fast march. There is usually a space between the number and the letters on most signs I've seen.

Thanks, FounDit!

Should 8 km be hyphenated? Hence, an 8-km fast race.


No. Usually, there is only a space, no hyphen.
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