I am now quite comfortable with the rules of hyphenating measurements (For example, 5-foot-long rod, 7-inch-long handle, etc.) However, what is the rule for hyphenation if the number is a fraction. Say, 1/2-inch-long piece of ginger? I would ideally want to keep the fraction, the instance I am using it in, does not allow the usage of "half-inch-long".

  • i don't see any problem with 1/2-inch-long piece – Toothrot Apr 17 at 12:30

You can use both variants.

Here's an example :


Stick insect species, often called walking sticks, range in size from the tiny, half-inch-long Timema cristinae of North America, to the formidable 13-inch-long Phobaeticus kirbyi of Borneo."

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