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I'm wondering if lists comprised of similar or related words/phrases can be shortened by omitting the root/suffix/word that they have in common except in the last item in the list.
- "We were best-friends through elementary, middle, and high school."
- "I received checks in amounts of five-, six-, and seven-thousand dollars."
- "He works with para and quadriplegic patients."
I feel if any of the examples is permissible, it would be example 1.
In example 2, although riding the line of ambiguity as to the amount on the checks (it could be "$5, $6, and $7,000" OR "$5,000, $6,000, and $7,000") it seems to be a reasonable sentence that would be easy to understand in context. However, I am unsure my use of hyphens would be proper in this sentence.
In example 3, the prefix "para" is isolated from "paraplegic"
I don't think the sentence in example 3 is anywhere close to proper but I read it in a document that was sent to me for work and it prompted me to ask questions concerning similar language situations. Thanks for any replies!