Let’s Talk About Hyphens, Again

How do you hyphenate numbers?

Is it a 250-page book? Or a 250 page book?

Is it twenty-eight? Or twenty eight?

Number + Noun

Any number that precedes a noun is hyphenated.

Hence, A 250-page book is correct.

But, watch out for five- to ten-minute intervals. It has a space after the first hyphen.

Numbers, Spelled Out

Twenty-one through ninety-nine are hyphenated; numbers above one hundred are open (no hyphens). e.g. five hundred fifty

That means twenty-eight is the correct answer. 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to content