In my native language we have a construct where we can omit suffixes from combined words to compress a sentence. For example, something like this:

The juice is banana- and apple-based.

Here the "-based" after banana is implicit. Is this legal in English too?

  • 1
    Well, it makes sense to me.
    – Chris M
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 16:43
  • 2
    I think it's perfectly acceptable - I see this kind of construction used a lot.
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 17:23
  • I think it could be called "banana apple juice".
    – user3169
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 20:47

2 Answers 2


Yes, "my favourite juice is apple and banana" is valid because you have already stated that it is juice. Likewise, if someone asked "what is your favourite juice" you could just say "apple and banana".


Yes, this totally correct, and so is your orthography. You want to have a trailing hyphen after all modifiers except for the last (e.g. "Students may enroll in one-, two-, or three-week courses.")

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