a $5 million per quarter loss

parsnips

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a $5 million per quarter loss

Ok without hyphens? I think it’s clear without hyphens.

Thank you.
 
  • SimonTsai

    Senior Member
    Taiwanese Mandarin
    I prefer to include hyphens.

    By the way, would 'a $5 million loss per quarter' or 'a loss of $5 million per quarter' be fine?
     
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    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes, and hyphenating it would look ugly if you included the $5, and would look like the wrong idea if you didn't.
     

    SimonTsai

    Senior Member
    Taiwanese Mandarin
    Thank you, @entangledbank, for giving me a lesson.

    Am I right to think that for natives,
    • the expression is clear enough not to be hyphenated, and hence
    • would be ugly if hyphenated?
    (I said that I preferred to include hyphens simply because I wanted to be 'safe'.)

    By the way, which of the following would you choose?

    [1] The radius of the rod increases at a five-and-two-thirds-millimetres-per-second rate.

    [2] The radius of the rod increases at a five and two-thirds millimetres per second rate.​
     
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    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Personally I think it's clumsy and unsatisfactory whichever way round you have it (with or without the hyphens).

    I'd just reverse it and do it as "... at a rate of five and two-thirds millimetres per second". :)
     
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