When you write someone's age do you write like "15 year-old" or "15 year old"?
What is the proper way to write that? I never know whether to put that little line "-" and what is that lin " -" called anyways? THANKS.
I wasn't sure where to categorize this question. Is there a category for questions about grammer?
- MamieLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
When several words are used together as one adjective, they are hyphenated. Thus: 15-year-old.
The 15-year-old boy is very smart.
If you say The 15-year-old is very smart (and leave out the word 'boy'), it is still hyphenated because the word 'boy' is understood.
If you are using the words as a noun (or a noun in apposition), they are not hyphenated.
He is 15 years old.
- flischerLv 71 decade ago
Use hyphens if the modifier is before the noun.
eg. I have a 15-year-old son.
Don't use hyphen if the modifier is after the noun.
et. My son is 15 years old.
- hollyLv 71 decade ago
15 year old...the line is called a hyphen.
You're in the right category.
- 1 decade ago
15 year-old or 15 years old
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- lauren london.Lv 41 decade ago