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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Criminal Sentence 365: Buy By, Error(s)

Thanks, Rick, for this link:

Headline at news site.

Minors 15-17 Years-Old Can By Greyhound Tickets

Error 1: 15-17 Years-Old: No hyphen needed.
Error 2: By should be Buy.


Anonymous said...

Error 1 — no hyphen? Well, technically that's correct: the symbol used should not be a hyphen. But it should also NOT be simply nothing. The correct punctuation in this case is an en dash: 15–17. As for the next hyphen, that one is not needed.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

I should have clarified that the second hyphen should be a space.
Thanks for paying close attention!