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In technical/logistical specifications where clarity is important: 8 x 1 lb boxes. In normal writing Eight one pound boxes. Logistical specification requiring clarity but conforming to normal English structure One unit of one pound box of strawberries. Eight units of one pound box of strawberries. Eight items of two pound box of jalapenos. Eight ...


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I would go with either of your last two examples. The hyphen links 'one-pound' as a unit, which is also a single adjective. You want eight boxes, and each of them is a one-pound box.


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If you really just want to avoid confusion, just make a clear separation between the item name and the item quantity. Item 1: One pound boxes. Quantity: 8 items. Item 2: Elephants. Quantity: 2. ...and so on. In normal conversation or writing most of your alternatives are clear enough to be considered correct.


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Multiple-hyphen compound adjectives have been in use for considerably longer than some people might think. For example, Marilla Ricker, I Don't Know, Do You? (1916) has this sentence: The great Ingersoll had it right when he said it [the Calvin Baptist Church] was the damned-if-you-do-and-the-damned-if-you-don't church. A non-adjectival instance ...


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It's used. Rightly or wrongly. And stacked pre-modifiers without any hyphens can be worse than those using them. The following examples are found in grammar.about.com (Richard Nordquist): Examples and Observations: ... Ineffective "The board also gave third reading to a Foothills Boulevard Landfill gas emission reduction credits transfer ...


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There is merit in your friend's desire to add a hyphen, but I think tchrist is right to suggest keeping the apostrophe for "world's-first technology". Your friend's "world-first technology" sounds like the world is placed before all others (like me-first technology). Regarding hyphenation: I generally hyphenate adjectival phrases that belong together as a ...


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I don’t much care for world-first technologies: why put the world first and yourself second (or something like that)? It reads wrong. Given how we have no qualms when the guy at the door’s knock awakens you, you might put it at the end of the entire phrase leading up to it, but people get all squeamish about my wife and I’s dinner. I guess you could go ...


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I would use parentheses rather than dashes: Only my coaches, my best friend (Alicia, who's also my cousin), and her parents. I don't think I've ever seen a comma immediately after a dash, but there's no problem with using it after a close parenthesis. I might also take Alicia's name out of the parenthese: Only my coaches, my best friend Alicia ...


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Since I don't have enough reputation to comment, I would suggest a list: Only my coaches; My best friend; Alicia, who's also my cousin; and Her parents List entries start with a capital, and end with a comma, unless any element contains other punctuation (the comma after Alicia's name). In that case, use semi-colons. If you add more description to an ...


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The given hyphenation suggests to me that the project duration is pre-determined; it will be set to either 8, 9, or 10 weeks long based on some criterion. If this is indeed the case, then you may stick with your current solution and stop reading here. :-) (This is because the "dangling hyphen" style is for listing multiple elements with a common suffix, ...


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Chris' comment is actually the answer, but I can't format things well in comments Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 8th edition (app edition), which includes contents from OALD 2010 and Oxford Learner's Pocket Thesaurus 2010 does not have an entry that says "neverending" (compound) that your teacher suggests, what it does have is "never-ending" (your ...


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This is not really an answer because I'm also lost but I'd like to point out something that seems to be overlooked in these three ways to write "runtime", "run time" or "run-time". I would risk saying that all three mean different things, that I believe should be applied in different cases: run time: this is how much time your program took to execute. If, ...



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