Monday, April 29, 2013


How old are you?
I am nineteen years old.

A 19-year-old writer? Wow!


Yup, here we go again. Do you know the correct way to hyphenate (or not) and spell out (or not) an age in a sentence?

Here's the quickest tip I found while researching:

From Grammar Girl ...

Many people get confused about when to use hyphens when writing ages. Here's a Quick and Dirty Tip that will help: When the age is an adjective that comes before the noun and modifies the noun, or when the age is a noun, hyphenate.

  • My eight-year-old neighbor wrote a poem about commas for National Grammar Day.

  • That 70-year-old with the purple hoodie loves Justin Bieber.

When the age is part of an adjective phrase after the noun, don't hyphenate.

  • Charlie Sheen is 45 years old

  • His twin sons are nearly two years old.


Any questions?


  1. Thanks for the clarification.

  2. I did not know this rule. Thanks for the info.

  3. I will never remember this. I think the grammar portion of my brain was damaged when I slammed my head into the keyboard.