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Two day classes will take place this week.

Here, "day classes" is a compound. I don't want it to sound like it's just one class that goes on for two days.

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  • Two of day classes ...
    – Kris
    Oct 30, 2014 at 16:54
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    Consider also "two day-long classes" or "two full-day classes".
    – senshin
    Oct 30, 2014 at 18:07
  • @senshin Your suggestions work if day refers to the length of the class, but not if day class is for contrast with night class, for instance.
    – choster
    Oct 30, 2014 at 20:08

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"Two day classes will take place this week." I understand this to mean that during the week a day class will be held twice. Not necessarily on consecutive days.

"Two-day classes will take place this week." This now means that classes will cover the entire subject over two various or consecutive days.

More useful information about hyphens can be found here:
http://www.grammar-monster.com/punctuation/using_hyphens.htm

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  • This is good for written text. For speech the difference is clear thanks to the spontaneous placing of a small pause after two (first case) or day (second case).
    – user170635
    Sep 6, 2016 at 20:38
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"Two one-day classes will take place this week." (and one two-day class next).

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How about: Day classes will take place twice this week

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