the 100-metre race /the 100 metre race

Moviefans

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

I want your confirmation on a very silly question.

He won the first prize in the 100-metre race.

Can "100-metre" be replaced by "100 metre"? For just like many compounds such as "English-speaker" can also be spelled like "English speaker".

Thank you in advance.
 
  • Hi,

    I want your confirmation on a very silly question.

    He won the first prize in the 100-metre race.

    Can "100-metre" be replaced by "100 metre"? For just like many compounds such as "English-speaker" can also be spelled like "English speaker".

    Thank you in advance.
    Hi Moviefans,

    A quick google search shows both forms, hyphenated and non-hyphenated. I would say it is optional.

    In BE we usually leave out the word "race". He won first prize in the 100 metres."

    LRV
     

    Moviefans

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    I am not discussing "100 metres", but "a/the 100 metre race". "a/the" and "race" are fixed in the exercise.

    It's not about free expression. By the way, I know we can use 100 metres.
     

    Tatzingo

    Senior Member
    English, UK
    I am not discussing "100 metres", but "a/the 100 metre race". "a/the" and "race" are fixed in the exercise.

    It's not about free expression. By the way, I know we can use 100 metres.
    Unless i misunderstood you, your first post asked

    Can "100-metre" be replaced by "100 metre"?
    My own answer implies a "yes" and in addition, that i also see "100 metre(s)" as being the more common form. :)

    Tatz.
     

    Moviefans

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    I quoted a sentence in my first post here. So it's not a free-style question. It's a focused one. I know you are being kind.
     
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