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Punctuation—Hyphen

She requested two and three-yard ribbons for her sewing project.

My answer...

She requested two-three yard ribbons for her swing project.

is this correct?

  • Grammar Check -

    opps.. sorry i guess it didn't post right. here is the sentence.

    Punctuation—Hyphen

    She requested two and three-yard ribbons for her sewing project.

    my answer

    She requested two-three yard ribbons for her sewing project.

    is this correct?

  • Grammar Check -

    It depends on what is meant, but I think (from the original sentence) that the sentence is referring to two different lengths of ribbon, yes?

    She requested two- and three-yard ribbons for her sewing project.
    Notice the space after the hyphen after "two" -- this use is called the Suspended Hyphen:
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/hyphen.htm
    (scroll down)

  • Grammar Check -

    oh so it should be like this.....

    She requested two- and three yard ribbons for her sewing project.

    right?

  • Grammar Check -

    Almost -- you also need that hyphen between "three" and "yard" -- to match the one after "two" -- see?

    ??

  • Grammar Check -

    ahh ok.. got it.. Thanks

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