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    Hi... I'm new here. So how do i write this:
    "She was a fourteen-year old girl"
    or
    "She was a fourteen year-old girl"
    perhaps a dumb question, but thanks in advance for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by karo.ambrose
    Hi... I'm new here. So how do i write this:
    "She was a fourteen-year old girl"
    or
    "She was a fourteen year-old girl"
    perhaps a dumb question, but thanks in advance for the help
    Not that it's what you asked, but...isn't it somewhat redundant to say 'she' is a 'girl'?

    ...She was fourteen years old...
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    fourteen-year-old

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    okay... sorry. so, if i say, "she was fourteen years old", there would be no hyphens, but if I say "Elaine was a fourteen-year-old girl running for president" there would be all hyphens???

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    Correct.
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    "Fourteen-year-old" is a compound modifier. If it helps, think of it this way: "Fourteen," "year," and "old" all modify girl, but only together. Separately, they don't. She's not a "fourteen girl," she's not a "year girl," and she's not an "old girl." But she is a "fourteen-year-old girl."

    Another trick: If you can put "and" between the modifiers and it still makes sense, then there should be no hyphens.
    She is a fourteen and year and old girl. Doesn't work.
    She is a tall and slim and friendly girl. Works.

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    muchas thanks!

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