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Your example would never be correct. If "predatory patenting versus excessive process" is being used as an adjective to describe argument, it should be "predatory-patenting-versus-excessive-process" in the strictest sense. When you hyphenate as you have, you are explicitly separating the concept into three groups: "predatory", "patenting versus ...


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There should be a space between the value and the unit. Source: NIST - Rules and Style Conventions for Expressing Values of Quantities Edit: Hyphens should only be used if the symbol for the unit is not used. Occasionally, a value is used in a descriptive or literary manner and it is fitting to use the spelledout name of the unit rather than its ...


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Only the hyphen is correct. The two (or more) words combined form a compound adjective to describe one aspect of the video. Note the singular form of the full word (five-minute video - not five minutes video) despite the plural number: this is the clue a hyphen is needed, although the rule applies of all compound adjectives. Consider: 14-year-old boy ...


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It is Stock Market or equity market: (from Wikipedia) is the aggregation of buyers and sellers (a loose network of economic transactions, not a physical facility or discrete entity) of stocks (also called shares); these may include securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those only traded privately. Definition of 'Stock market': (from ...


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I wasn't sure if the comment was the right place to post, so reproduced here. True it depends on what phrase/word is being modified. But, couple of questions. 1) If there were no FSM (finite state machine), then for "software-based" is a hyphen even needed? Don't we use the term "software based" or "voice controlled" without hyphens all the time. 2) ...


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The use of hyphens is to reduce ambiguity, and, in the case of multiple modifiers, to show which ones modify each other. In the first case I would go with human-voice controlled system. In this case, however, it is pretty easy to guess that human must modify voice, even without hyphens. In the second case, on the other hand, you need the hyphens because ...


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In the United States, most style guides that I have encountered recommend including the second hyphen in situations such as "8-foot-long bridge." Here is how some guides frame their advice. From The Associated Press Stylebook (2002): dimensions Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards, etc., to indicate depth, height, length, and width. Hyphenate ...


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According to the AP Stylebook, hyphens are not a standardized form of grammar. They are optional, as is their method of use. The Stylebook states "It is optional in most cases, a matter of taste, judgment, and style sense." If the phrase would be clearer with a different use of hyphen, then that use would be preferred. Is this phrase clearer as a result? ...


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In most U.S. English style guides, the decision about whether to double- or single-hyphenate a phrase such as "spherical Gaussian based approximations" rests on whether the first word in the string attaches primarily to the noun or primarily to the modifier closer to the noun. In other words, if you are talking about Gaussian-based approximations that are ...



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