I have a general quesiton. Do you usually use hypens – to write about a range? Or do you use 'to'. Here I have two examples

"Table 2 – Table 5 show ... " or "Table 2 to Table show ..."

"From 8:00 – 11:00 the engines were running" or "From 8:00 to 11:00 the engines were running"

I ask this because I was always using the hypen. Last month a text of mine was corrected by a professional language service (with native speakers) and the changed all my hyphens to 'to'.

What is your take on that? I'd appreciate every answer.

  • A hyphen is a very short dash. Yours looks like an en dash. Mar 29, 2020 at 20:45

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Ranges using hyphens are better used in tables where several of them are being compared or listed. It is common to use to if only since that will be what a speaker will read from the sentence.

  • Thanks for your answer Elliot. Would you also use 'to' for temperature ranges like 20°C to 22°C or (20°C - 22°C)
    – PeterBe
    Mar 30, 2020 at 7:27
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    I would apply the same usage to temperatures as well. The purpose is to be clear to those reading as well as to those hearing what is read out loud.
    – Elliot
    Mar 30, 2020 at 19:54

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