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Could you please tell me if "in residence" is acting as an adjective in this sentence? Is this similar to when we say "She did an in-residence program"?

"My neighbor's son has to go to rehab," he said.

"Okay," she replied. "In residence?"

"Maybe. We don't know that yet."

Should there be a hyphen with "in residence" here and is it an adjective?

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  • Doctors are said to be in residence. Patients are hospitalized.
    – Lambie
    Feb 8, 2018 at 23:25

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No, “in residence” is a prepositional phrase which means: the state of living in a particular place.

  • The flag flies when the Queen is in residence.

In your example: “in residence”

  • Is a short type of using question; this method is used in speaking, not writing.

In writing, you may write it this way:

  • “is he going to be in residence?”; to live there permanently.

If you hyphenated the phrase, you would radically change the meaning.

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