Hy-ph-en. End-of-story

Putting “old” “young” and “adult” together in a row sounds very strange. Hyphens glue words together and help remove any potential for ambiguity. Here “six-week-old” and “young-adult” would mean that your readers would understand the sentence at first reading.

This page goes into more detail.

A little while ago, I made a quiz on common sci phrases – check it out here.

If you prefer, last week’s toon is here It involves mice and is more amusing.

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