Session 1

Hyphens: those little dashes we sometimes use in English to make compound nouns and adjectives like hard-working. But how do you know when to use a hyphen and when not to? This session will help you.

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Activity 2

60 years old today!

'Sixty years old' or 'sixty-year-old'?  

Sometimes phrases with numbers need hyphens, and sometimes they don't. Why not try our five-minute quiz to see how much you know?

Read the text and complete the activity

To do

Try our numbers and hyphens quiz. Have a look at the notes in the vocabulary box if you need help - or go back to activity 1 of this unit to listen to 6 Minute Vocabulary again.

Number and hyphen gaps

7 Questions

To hyphenate, or not to hyphenate? Fill the gaps...

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How did you get on? In the next activity we'll practise using hyphens in phrases without numbers. 

Session Vocabulary

  • Hyphens and numbers

    • We use hyphens in adjective phrases with ages and numbers before a noun:

    I have an eight-year-old daughter.
    My mum drives a two-door car.

    • We don't use hyphens when an adjective phrase with an age or number comes after the noun:

    The students are eighteen years old.
    My car only has two doors.

    • We use hyphens in ordinal numbers:

    My birthday is on the twenty-seventh of June.

    • We use hyphens in numbers between 21 and 99:

    Mario dieted for sixty-two days until he reached his target weight.