Numbers Written Out Using Hyphens

Use a hyphen between the tens and units number when writing out the numbers twenty-one to ninety-nine in words. Just like that!

Do not use hyphens for other numbers.

Incorrect: Two-hundred-fifty-six

Correct: Two hundred fifty-six
(Hyphen between tens and units only)

Use a hyphen between the numerator and denominator when a fraction is written out in words and the fraction is an adjective.

Incorrect: Two-thirds of the Senate overrode the veto.
(Here two thirds is a noun, not an adjective.)

Correct: Two thirds of the Senate overrode the veto.

Incorrect: A two thirds majority overrode the veto.
(Here two thirds is an adjective modifying majority.)

Correct: A two-thirds majority overrode the veto.


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