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Style question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by thegrifter, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    He finished 3-of-6 from the field, including 2-for-2 on 3s.

    Should both of these be hyphenated? Should either of them? What's the rule, cause even on AP stories, I've read it several different ways.
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

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  3. MC Sports Guy

    MC Sports Guy Member

    yes, they should be hyphenated.
  4. rgd

    rgd Guest

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  5. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    We don't hyphenate them in instances like that, just when they modify.

    He was 2 for 3.

    He finished a 10-for-15 night with...blah blah blah.
  6. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Really? How about in a baseball game?

    Garciaparra went 2 for 3 .... or 2-for-3.
  7. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Readers don't care, but ... hyphenate as a modifier, not when standing alone.
  8. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    Easiest way to remember: If you can take away the second number and it makes sense, you don't need to hyphenate it.

    Shaquille O'Neal made 6 of 15 free throws as the Heat lost their title.
    Shaquille O'Neal made 6 free throwns as the heat lost their title. <---That works.

    Shaquille O'Neal went 6-of-15 from the charity stripe as the Heat lost their title
    Shaquille O'Neal went 6 from the charity stripe as the Heat lost their title. <--That doesn't.
  9. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    This is one of the many things about AP that piss me off. They don't follow their own logic rules.

    If it is a noun, no hyphens. If it is an adjective, use hyphens.

    He went 3 for 3 from the plate. But, He had a 3-for-3 effort.
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