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Koh yoong liat
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 5:43:48 AM

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The first five-hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law

Is the hyphen between "five" an "hundred" necessary?

Thanks.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:39:54 AM

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Hyphens are included in compound adjectives. Read about it here: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hyphens.htm

Other examples include (from that Farlex Grammar lesson):

“It is the only 10-storey building in the town.”
“I find her salt-and-pepper hair very attractive.”
“She had bright, blue-green eyes.”
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:40:54 AM

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So here the hyphen is wrong, because this is a simple number

five hundred years.

the first month
the first six months
the first year
the first five hundred years

of the Latter Day of the Law

(I don't know what that is, but I will leave it as it is, because it could make sense. I am just used to seeing 'Latter-Day' as an adjective itself. In this structure there is a single 'Latter Day'. Which does not seem to make much sense to me.)


If it were an adjective, the whole thing would be hyphenated and the noun would be singular even though the number is plural.

a war
a one-week war
a two-week war
a one-year war
a five-hundred-year war

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:27:50 AM

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Hello Koh Yoong Liat.
Koh Elaine asked some very similar questions today.

There are several rules for hyphens.

Compound adjectives are hyphenated.
The five-hundred-year-old house was used as a museum.
It has stood for a five-hundred-year period.

Compound numbers above 100 are not hyphenated.
It was twenty-two years old.
The house was five hundred years old.

The rules are all here.
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