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Questions tagged [hyphens]

For questions about when and whether to use a hyphen (-) to join two words or two syllables of a single word together.

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Should I hyphen the adjective here?

How would you write these two sentences: It's quiet at nighttime. It was a night-time ritual. Should I hyphen the second sentence (as I have)? ?
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Hyphen with multiple adjectives

A five-year-old whiskey A five year old boy Should multiple adjectives describing a noun be hyphenated?
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Can I write the word 'mother-in-law' as 'mother in law' or 'mother in-law'?

In Longman Dictionary I have found the word 'mother-in-law'. Can I write the word 'mother-in-law' as 'mother in law' or 'mother in-law'?
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How to hyphenate an adjective+noun+gerund adjective compound?

We're used to adjective compounds, such as: a decision-making process or a cancer-causing lotion. But what if I want to add an adjective to the noun? For example: a corporate decision-...
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Why compound modifiers are not usually hyphenated when they come after the noun?

A lot of grammar references suggest that you hyphenate compound modifiers if they come before the noun but not after the noun. Here's an example: The apartment is off campus. VS That ...
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Job-Search Post: Commas, Hyphens

My friend has a translation business. He inquired if I could assist him for this: He posted on a job-search site to look for employees: “We look for some more people**,** to take on-board…” Does ...
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How do you write “wild blueberries flavored”?

How do you write "wild blueberries flavored"? I am wondering if we need to add hyphens (-) and how many. So, for example, is it "wild-blueberries flavored" or "wild-blueberries-flavored" or something ...
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Can “non” be used as a separate word?

I used non trivial and a grammar correction website shows it is wrong and should be either non-trivial or nontrivial. x appears in a non trivial number of pages Or x appears in a non-...
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Solar and wind powered

How to correctly write "Solar and wind powered" in a sentence? Are hyphens required? Possible options: Solar and wind powered Solar- and wind-powered Solar and wind-powered Solar and windpowered
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When do we add a hyphen (-) to a complex adjective word?

When do we add a hyphen (-) to a complex adjective word? Here are a few examples: This is an Xbox-compatible game. This is a Creation-Kit-compatible 3d asset. This is a SkyRe-compatible ...
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Is it “mid-air”, “midair” or “mid air”

The bird feels the breeze all around it when it's in mid-air. Is it "mid-air", "mid air" or "midair"? I have seen all three of them in various context, so I am not sure if all of them are valid.
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Why isn't “course selection advice” written as “course-selection advice”?

I thought the phrase needed an hyphen just like, say, class-centered methods. But Google proved me wrong. Why is this? Maybe the hyphenated version and non-hypenated version are both valid?
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3-year period/3 year limitation period

I understand that in "3-year period", "3-year" is hyphenated. But what about "3 year limitation period"? I once read that if the noun has more than one adjective, no hyphen is correct. Is this true?
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Does “half [something]” need a hyphen?

Example sentence: I couldn't understand his half-question, half-statement. I did a Google Book search, and I found out that both usages exist. Maybe both are right? Or only one?
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Is time hyphenated when you spell it out? For example: “It's two-thirty.”

My book says: It's two-thirty. It's six-forty. It's five-oh-four. But I found online: It's two thirty. It's six forty. It's five oh four. I don't think people would spell the time like that on ...
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Plural possessive apostrophe with hyphen

I incorrectly assumed the following question involved plural possession. However, even if it did, is it ever acceptable to use an apostrophe for plural possession in a hyphenated word like this? ...
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Adding a `-` between word, will the word still have same meaning?

Adding a - between word, will the word still have same meaning? Example re-open or reopen re-install or reinstall
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“6-foot tall” or “6-feet tall”?

I have heard/seen people say/write "She is 5 feet 10 inches tall" and "She is 5-foot-10." But in formal writing, is there a convention? I found both "8-foot-tall" and "nine-feet tall" in online ...
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America based company or American based company

I'm surprised to see, that there is no complete agreement on the interwebs on which form is correct. Do we place the based after the nation or the country? E.g. is it South Africa based company or ...
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Parenthetical Phrase? Preposition? Hyphens?

I had a dialogue. with someone. They sent something like: When it comes to work, I like structure and being detail-oriented. Should I call this a parenthetical phrase or preposition? I thought ...
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Beach Activity?

I heard some people talking: Do you have a favorite beach activity? If one wrote this, what would seem proper, and, maybe, grammatically perfect: . . . beach activity or, . . . beach-...
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“within c hops” or “within c-hops”

I am writing a paper. In the paper, I originally wrote all vertices that are within c hops of a vertex v but my teacher later changed it to all vertices that are within c-hops of a vertex v ...
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What does “-” in the word first-class means?

What does a hyphen signify in "first-class"? I can't seem to understand it.
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New joiners - Hyphenated?

When referring to people that have joined a company, would the term new-joiners be hyphenated or not? My understanding is that the word is a compound noun where "new" is the adjective and "joiners" ...
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When writing “first day nerves” should the words be hyphenated?

When writing the sentence "x will hopefully help ease those first day nerves." should "first day nerves" be hyphenated? For the record I'm referring to nerves had on the first day of starting ...
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Left handside, left hand side, left hand-side?

How do you write 'left hand side' and 'right hand side'? Example: If necessary, select the review language from the language selection box in the left hand side menu bar (by default, the review ...
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Using a hyphen in double figures

The toy is forty-two dollars. or The toy is forty two dollars. Do I always need to put a hyphen in double figures? Is there any rule regulating that?
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All-natural or All-Natural?

If I am using a word like all-natural in a title or logo, would it be All-natural or All-Natural?
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Hyphenating Phrasal Verbs

I understand that phrasal verbs should only be hyphenated when used as nouns or adjectives; however, I often use the hyphen to avoid confusion with propositional phrases, for example: dirt has built-...
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A question pertaining to using a hyphen

Is there a need to put a hyphen between the words super and happy in the sentence given below? If there is no need to put a hyphen then what could be the explanation? He is super-happy.
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A question about using a hyphen

I want to ask a question related to hyphens. Is there a hyphen between the words white and Thai in the sentence below? I saw a white-Thai temple.
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Using hyphens between numbers and units before long and wide

I think the single dashes (hyphens) should be placed between the numbers and units in this sentence: ...in a cylinder of 3-inch radius and 24-inch length. Is that correct and should hyphens be ...
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How to write 'coffee shop' correctly

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 ...
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Hyphen in “fine-grained” when it follows a noun

There is the following sentence in the Chicago Manual of Style: When compound modifiers (also called phrasal adjectives) such as open-mouthed or full-length precede a noun, hyphenation usually ...
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Why hyphenate past-tense phrasal verb when turning it into an adjective?

Joey logged in. The logged-in person is Joey. What grammar rule applies to the hyphenated word logged-in?
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Hyphens after Abbreviations and Foreign Letters

Are hyphens used correctly in the examples below? In other words, is there a rule in English that either requires or allows these hyphenations. In my area of research, there is what is called the ...
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Why don't we hyphenate conjoined words, pronouns specifically?

Recently I've been stuck on the idea that some words that are joined together should actually be separated, as if they are contractions. Another = an other = an-other. Something = some thing = some-...
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Hyphenation of adjectives composed of three words

Hyphenating an adjective composed of two words is, from what I understand, fairly straightforward: if the adjective is before the noun, it must be hyphenated The three-eyed raven Customer-...
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Hyphen vs. En Dash vs. Em Dash to split a clause [closed]

Which one should I use to split a clause like in the example below? Go to Preferences > Settings – Syntax Specific. The screenshot above shows Sublime Text menu. I'm sure they did not use the ...
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“facility wide”, “facility-wide”, or “facilitywide”

From what I've been able to find, "facilitywide" is the proper term. However after a quick search I've been unable to find this term actually used. "Facility wide" and "facility-wide" are used about ...
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How to Choose When to Hyphenate, Maybe, Two Nouns [duplicate]

No vehicular stand still ever made him late, for work. or, No vehicular stand-still ever made him late, for work. Which may you choose, as proper, and grammatical English grammar?
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Hyphenating a Hyphenated word: tree-trunk-like legs

He seemed to have tree-trunk-like legs. How do you hyphenate a hyphenated word, properly, and grammatically?
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How to avoid ambiguity in the sentence“This is a little used car”?

Here’s a sentence which is open to two interpretations and therefore can’t be grammatical: “This is a little used car”. To avoid the ambiguity of the meaning, would it be enough just to insert a ...
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Do I need a hyphen in “1000-L bioreactor”? Hyphens with abbreviated units of measure

The cultivation was performed in a 1000-L bioreactor. The cultivation was performed in a 1000 L bioreactor. Which is better? I find conflicting examples online. On Grammar Book I found this: ...
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Are words like “well-known” spelled with a hyphen in dictionaries?

There are compound words in English like well-known, ill-mannered and so on. The rules tell us that they are spelled with a hyphen (well-known) if they are attributes (attributive adjectives), but ...
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“End user” vs. “end-user” — correct usage of hyphen

I am writing an academic paper, and using the term "end user" many times. However, I am confused between "end user" and "end-user". My current policy is to use "end user" if it is used as a noun. For ...
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Would “my dumb self” be hyphenated?

When using the word "self" like this: "My dumb self tripped over the rock," would "dumb" and "self" be hyphenated?
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a ten-year period of documenting…?

This book is the first volume and part of a ten-year period of.. This book is the first volume and part of a ten years period of.. This book is the first volume and part of the ten year period of.. ...
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A Case of Hyphenation

Is there a rule to explain why (in most dictionaries) words such as half-brother or half-sister are hyphenated while stepbrother or stepsister are not?
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“the 3.2 kilometers stretch” or “the 3.2-kilometer stretch” [duplicate]

History enthusiasts can bask in historical enclaves scattered throughout the island while beach lovers can relax and enjoy sea sports along the 3.2 kilometres stretch of Siloso, ...