Fractions

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

Hyphenate a fraction as a direct adjective; otherwise, it is not hyphenated. …two-thirds cup… …two thirds of a cup… …three fourths of the vote… …three-fourths vote… Regular fractions standing alone are written out in words. Happy punctuating! Margie

Fractions (Again)

Margie Wakeman Wells Numbers Leave a Comment

Though common fractions that stand alone are written out, if the fraction is an unusual one — 37/132, 1/82 — use figures. Though said with the ordinal added, the transcribed form does not include the ordinal. …measured 41/75 of an inch… …needed 1/64 more… Happy punctuating! Margie

Fractions

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

Fractions that stand alone are written out in words. They are hyphenated ONLY when they are right in front of a noun as a direct adjective. …up by three fourths… …two thirds of the group… …increased by seven eighths… …a three-fourths increase in debt… …two-thirds vote of the council… …seven-eighths cup of liquid… Fractions that are a part of a …

Fractions

Margie Wakeman Wells Numbers Leave a Comment

The “everyday” fractions — two thirds, three fourths, seven eighths — are written out when they stand alone. They are hyphenated only when they are direct adjectives. …had an increase of three fourths over the prior year… …one thirds of them were… …had a one-fourth decrease in the rate… …two-thirds majority… If the fraction is “unusual” or large, use figures. …

Fractions

Margie Wakeman Wells General 3 Comments

Unless a fraction, which should be written out in words when it stands alone, is a direct adjective, it is NOT hyphenated. …three-fourths vote… …two-thirds majority… …two thirds of the men were… …up by one fourth… Happy punctuating! Margie

Fractions and Hyphens

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen 6 Comments

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 …