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 Post subject: hyphenation question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:09 pm 
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The phrase "at the mid to upper end" (referring to housing prices) appears in a quote. I don't think it should be hyphenated, but there is a disagreement here. I'd welcome second opinions.


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 Post subject: Re: hyphenation question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:14 pm 
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The problem is one of word choice. The existing sentence, with or without a hyphen, seems to specify that part of the full price range that falls between the middle end and the upper end. Since there is no such thing as a middle end, I would suggest re-wording it to: "at the mid-level to the upper end" (or something like that).


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 Post subject: Re: hyphenation question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:18 pm 
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No hyphens, but the quote makes no sense anyway. I'd paraphrase. Is this person talking about the entire upper half of the range or what? There is no "mid end."<p>... I see Larry beat me at the draw.<p>[ April 08, 2004: Message edited by: SeaRaven ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: hyphenation question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 3:07 pm 
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Let's assume we want to keep the quote, even though it's not flawless English. Do we need hyphens?


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 Post subject: Re: hyphenation question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 3:26 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by ADKbrown:
Let's assume we want to keep the quote, even though it's not flawless English. Do we need hyphens?<hr></blockquote><p>No.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:01 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by SeaRaven:
No hyphens, ...<hr></blockquote>


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