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I came across some manuals that refer to end-of-period. I wonder as to when and why they would use this style? Please support your answers with examples.

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Please provide examples of the usage that is confusing you. – Matt E. Эллен Jul 11 '12 at 8:08

I believe you are referring to when hyphens are used to form compound adjectives, such as end-of-year report.

One online website (ODO) describes it like this:

With compound adjectives formed from the adverb well and a participle (e.g. well-known), or from a phrase (e.g. up-to-date), you should use a hyphen when the compound comes before the noun:

  • well-known brands of coffee
  • an up-to-date account

but not when the compound comes after the noun:

  • His music was also well known in England.
  • Their figures are up to date.

If you enter +hyphen +"compound adjectives" into your favorite search engine, you'll likely find more enlightening examples.

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