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billion-worth or billion worth?

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Opc0904 Sat 25-Jul-09 13:04:40

Should 'up to $220 billion worth of minerals' have a hyphen or apostrophe or OK as is? Stumped, thanks!

nellynaemates Wed 29-Jul-09 21:50:30

Well read it out loud - because you've used a dollar sign you are saying "220 billion dollars worth".

I wouldn't put in an apostrophe, but if it isn't looking right to you then I'd write out dollars instead of using the sign.

pasturesnew Wed 29-Jul-09 21:56:26

I would rephrase it to "minerals worth up to $220 billion"

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