Today, I want to discuss a when you use hyphens in ages. For instance is it "twelve-year-old" or "twelve year old."
The answer depends on if the phrasal adjective comes before or after the noun.
- When before the noun: use hyphens
- When after the noun: no hyphens
That's all fine and good but I had a bigger problem, what if you are using the phrase as a noun rather than an adjective. This came up because of the following sentence in Michael's new novel, The Death of Dulgath.
My mother had all the creativity of an eight-year-old with a spotted puppy.Well, as it turns out you do hyphenate it. If you want to learn more on the subject, I recommend this post on the Grammarist site.
Hope it helps someone. If nothing else, it'll provide a nice bookmark for me the next time my old brain can't remember how to handle hyphens and ages.