0

Are hyphens absolutely necessary in these dollar amounts and ranges? Do you feel as though they are clear enough and readable without hyphens. I cannot locate an answer in The AP Stylebook or The Gregg Reference Manual or Chicago.

The closest answer I could find was in the AP Q&A, which shows "a 15 to 20 percent a year increase in revenues." The AP listed that example without any hyphens in response to a query, so I think that all examples below could possibly follow suit without any hyphen insertions. Do you concur? Unfortunately, as much as I'd like to, I cannot recast. Thanks for any opinions.

√ Fashion is a $3 billion to $6 billion a year industry.

√ There will be a $1 to $5 per day surcharge.

√ He signed a $22 million a year contract.

√ A $10 a month fee was nominal.

√ a $55 a barrel price

√ a $55 per barrel price

I don't think a reader would stumble on these without hyphens. Do you agree to all examples without hyphens?

  • 3
    I don't think the hyphens are necessary here. To improve readability, I would stick with "per year" instead of "a year" (or whatever time period), though. – Nuclear Wang Dec 18 '15 at 13:15
1

As you say, these are readable. Hyphens do help with parsing the sentence correctly though, because you are forming a compound noun using words that are not all nouns themselves. This makes these sentences into mild instances of garden-path sentences.

|improve this answer|||||
  • Thanks, Jessica. If you don't mind, how would you personally punctuate each of them? Greatly appreciated. :>) – londonderry Dec 18 '15 at 13:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.