How would you properly punctuate this??

1)The father, son act of Bob and Jim

2)The father-son act of Bob and Jim


3)The father/son act of Bob and Jim

  • Please specify the meaning of the sentence that you want so that we can help to punctuate this. – holydragon Jun 7 '18 at 1:35
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    I would write it as the father-and-son act, where "father-and-son" acts as multiple-word adjective. The use of a slash in 3) is also a stylistic choice that could be used; however, I suspect it's less common. Not using any punctuation at all and just writing "the father and son act" would be understandable, but it would look a bit awkward in the context of the rest of the sentence. – Jason Bassford Jun 7 '18 at 1:38

The purpose here is to join the words "father" and "son" into a single compound, that will describe the noun "act".

A comma creates a division, but we want to join these words. A comma won't work here

The slash can mean "and", but slashes are usually avoided in formal writing source. You could use the slash, however...

The hyphen is used for joining compound words, which is exactly what we want. That would be the clearest choice here.

The father-son act...


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