I read this question on math.stackexchange.com. I am not sure if it is correct to write coffee shop' using a hyphen in between. Please advise.

Ex:- coffee-shop

Ps:- Can we consider it as a compound noun? (woodshop is a compound noun as far as I know)


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Both versions are used. If we take Google Books as a usage indication, you can see that the non-hyphenated version is by far the more common one.

Note that, unlike "coffee shop", coffeehouse , is more commonly written as one word.


"Coffee shop" without the hyphen is the usual way to write it, but I think "coffee-shop" with a hyphen is fine too. There are a lot of exceptions like this in English, i.e. re-read or reread.

  • I often see "coffee shop" with an [`] over the final e in the word "coffee" Nov 18, 2017 at 8:56
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    @SovereignSun Where do you see that? Are you thinking of café?
    – ColleenV
    Nov 18, 2017 at 12:56
  • @ColleenV Maybe, can't say for sure. I guess you are right. Nov 18, 2017 at 13:04
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    Spelling "coffeè" is just an affectation. It emulates Italian caffè, but is not part of English. Don't put an accent on coffee.
    – James K
    Nov 18, 2017 at 13:46
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    I've never seen "coffee-shop" written by native English speakers.
    – RonJohn
    Nov 18, 2017 at 17:11

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