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Rule "years-old (years old|year-old)"

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Description: years-old (years old|year-old)
Message: 'Years old' does not directly modify a noun in this context, and should be written without a hyphen.
Category: Grammar (ID: GRAMMAR)
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • Participants in the study were 40-70 years-old.
    Correction suggestion: years old
  • He was 58 years-old.
    Correction suggestion: years old
  • You know, when you're fifteen years-old, the first thing you think about is 'How can I piss people off?', you know?
    Correction suggestion: years old
  • 16 years-old at the time, Marshall was the first film director Moore worked with.
    Correction suggestion: years old
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: YEARS_OLD [1]
Version: 6.4-SNAPSHOT (2024-02-28 22:33:06 +0100)