Proofreaders' Corner #250

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Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Neige » 18 Jan 2019, 09:03

If I write

mid to end 2018

are there any hyphens required?

Thanks for your input.
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Penk! » 18 Jan 2019, 09:07

I would write:

mid- to end 2018

maybe. "End" sounds a bit awkward: "late" might be better, but perhaps you want to stress the finality of the year being over.
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Powehi » 18 Jan 2019, 09:12

End hyphen misery!

Try

"the second half of 2018"

or

"The last six months of 2018"

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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Neige » 18 Jan 2019, 09:25

caramba wrote:End hyphen misery!

Try

"the second half of 2018"

or

"The last six months of 2018"


:lol:


I'm not supposed to do any copywriting (it's the financial report of a big corporation).

For a bit of context, they write "...they had been expected in mid- to end-2018, but are now anticipated in the first half of 2019..."
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby ever/never » 18 Jan 2019, 09:27

I'd go with what they already have, then. I was going to suggest it anyway.

And dare I say it's a very minor point, even in something as important as what you're dealing with.

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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Neige » 18 Jan 2019, 09:29

Uncle Charles Routine wrote:I'd go with what they already have, then. I was going to suggest it anyway.

And dare I say it's a very minor point, even in something as important as what you're dealing with.


It is, I was just wondering about the second hyphen (end-2018)
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Deebank » 18 Jan 2019, 09:31

Consistency is the thing. Either hyphenate both or neither I would say.
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Neige » 18 Jan 2019, 09:42

Cheers all.
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Jan 2019, 11:20

Use ¬ instead. Just because it never gets used, yet it's the first character on my keyboard.
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Re: Proofreaders' Corner #250

Postby Quaco » 18 Jan 2019, 22:44

"Mid" needs the hyphen, but "late" (and "end", which doesn't really make sense to me) don't. It's a bad sentence. I guess no hyphens is better than a half-wrong suspended hyphen.
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