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Is it correct to omit term in the following sentence? Or must I repeat it like in sentence 2?

  1. The short- and long-term projections are completed.

  2. The short-term and long-term projections are completed.

marked as duplicate by Drew, J.R., Tushar Raj, Jim, tchrist Jan 22 '17 at 1:54

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  • I reckon this is a duplicate of Can a hyphen be used without anything on the right side?, but it appears both answers here disagree. – Andrew Leach Jan 21 '17 at 9:42
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    @AndrewL - I like the answer over there better than either of the answers here. Moreover, I appreciate how the answer over there at least cites a style manual. – J.R. Jan 21 '17 at 10:42
  • Few, any, seem to have understood the question. Don't hasten to down vote. – Kris Jan 24 '17 at 9:36
  • It's NOT a duplicate of the referenced post. – Kris Jan 24 '17 at 9:37
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Naturally, one would use the noun phrase:

the short-term and long-term projections,

short-term and long-term being adjectives modifying projections.

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I would phrase it as

The short and long-term projections are completed.

The assumption in the phrasing makes the dash after short is implied in the same way that the -term is implied.

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    This is wrong. This implies that the projections are both long-term and short (as opposed to short-term). – Andrew Leach Jan 21 '17 at 10:42

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