A hyphen and a space follow the first element of a suspended compound. (A hyphen with a space after it is called a hanging hyphen.)
- "The festival starts with a parade, followed by the crowning of 'Little Miss Catfish,' who is chosen by drawing a name from among the five- and six-year-old catfish princesses."
(Bob Rashid, Gone Fishing. University of Wisconsin Press, 1999)
- The difference between the pre- and post-test scores is the so-called learning gain.
- More injuries are caused by falls from a three- or four-foot height than by falls from tall extension ladders.
- Several arguments support the idea that there is a fundamental difference between short- and long-term memory.
- At the Paperback Exchange, books of all kinds can be exchanged for first- and second-hand books in English .
- Cyrus McCormick, the head of International Harvester, typified nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrialists' understanding of manliness.