Fractions and Hyphens

Fractions are written out in words. They are hyphenated only when they come right in front of a noun, called a “direct” adjective.

…increased by seven eighths…
…only one third of them remained…

…a seven-eights increase…
…one-third reduction in staff…

If there is a mixed number, a whole number and a fraction, in the sentence also, the fraction is in figures, for the sake of consistency.

…sent 2 1/4 today and will send another 3/4 tomorrow…

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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      Hi, Renee.

      I would do

      …1 7/8-inch ball…

      The mixed number is already considered a unit and does not need the hyphen.

      Happy punctuating!

      Margie

  1. How would you punctuate the following when he’s referring to 23 or 24:

    twenty, give or take, three or four

    Thank you!

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