I wanted to write the sentence below:

"Do you use file sharing services?"

Should I write "file-sharing" instead of "file sharing"? Does it matter? I want to use "file sharing" as an adjective.

The only reference I found comes from Macmillan Dictionary. Do they use "-" between words because it's a noun? How would they write "file sharing" as an adjective?


Punctuation is used to improve clarity. In this case the words "file-sharing" function as a single modifier. It helps to write the hyphen.

Consider the example "a man-eating lion" and "a man eating lion" (the second literally means a person who is consuming lion meat)

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