I am describing an event that lasts for more than 68 continuous hours, and I want to describe it as a "multi-day long" event, but I don't know where to put the hypen(s) in that phrase.

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    The "long" seems unnecessary. It is a multi-day event lasting more than 68 continuous hours. Jul 30, 2018 at 15:28

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If you're creating a noun phrase, drop the "long" and simply call it a "multi-day event".

Alternately, consider "the event spans multiple days" or (less elegantly) "the event is multiple days long".


Technically speaking, it's not wrong to hyphenate it as a multi-day-long event.

You can have a day-long event, so multi is simply added to the start of the compound adjective. However, that does look a little strange.

In addition to the other solutions, you can also call it a days-long event. This, too, is a bit strange, but still correct.

  • Sixty-eight hours is just under three 24-hour days, so why not call it a "three-day event"?
    – tautophile
    Jul 30, 2018 at 23:29

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