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I'm the woman from the video. Saying 'tac' isn't silly at all. I grew up in a military family, so this was used regularly when speaking of a dash. Without getting into details, my father was in many fields where he was required to spell out commands via a speaking system, and they used tac. In school, we used 'dash'. Generally, I use tac when referring to ...
Basketball, football and volleyball fall under the category of closed compound words. These are combinations of two words that are not separated by a space or a hyphen. For more information on the types of compound words, check this out. So your sentence should essentially be I kicked a football, a basketball and a volleyball. Suspended ...
There are certainly differences between US and Australian English, where we (Australia) have a tendency to hyphenate more than the US does. This is particularly the case where the un-hyphenated version is difficult on the eye: reenter, reelect, deescalate, and many of similar form. In my part of the world these would normally all be hyphenated, except ...
This is rather similar to TsSkTo's answer, but why not see another usage? Can I have twenty-five times? This asks for the multiple 25 times (some unspecified amount or object) or perhaps it asks for twenty-five records of time. Can I have twenty five times? This asks for 100. The hyphen prevents the former number from becoming an adjective ...
To avoid ambiguity. He turned twenty one too many times. Is not the same as He turned twenty-one too many times.
You're almost right. When joining the negative modifier ("non") to a two-word term, you need to keep the two-word term connected by a hyphen, but use an en dash to connect the "non" non–community-wiki answer
Strictly speaking, it should be "English-rococo-inspired wainscoting." See this blog for a great summary. However, hyphenation is one of those areas in which educated grammarians tend to disagree. I would ask yourself whether the meaning is clear without the hyphens. For example, is it possible that your reader may think that the wainscoting is elaborate, ...
"I didn't really believe that it was a ten-person apartment until I noticed that it had that ten-person-apartment smell."
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