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Of course. If a retailer in the central business district of Chicago failed, it would be a closed Loop store, no hyphen. But if you have a story about a closed loop, that's a closed-loop story.


No, I would not. That doesn't mean it can't ever be done, but if you omit the hyphen, it introduces uncertainty into the sentence. A "closed-loop system" is obviously a system that operates as or within a closed-loop environment. A "closed loop system" could be a "loop system" that is closed as opposed to open. I don't know whether such a thing as a ...


Non-sea salt sulphate, as non-sea is an adjective describing the salt and is independent of the "non-sea" (salt sulphate). Well, at least unless my chemistry knowledge is not non-existent, which it shouldn't be.


Google Books examples of 'eightteen' A Google Books search turns up a boatload of instances where eighteen is spelled eightteen, but the majority of them appear to be straight-up variant spellings, with no line break involved. Still, in a considerable number of instances—probably too many to be merely coincidental— eightteen appears at a line break and is ...


If you were describing the salt, it would be sea salt or non-sea salt. As you're making the whole of non-sea salt into a compound adjective, (as a pendantic Brit) I agree with you & would say that the entire compound adjective should be hyphenated, for clarity amongst other reasons, hence I suggest non-sea-salt sulphate. It may be more 'ugly' but it's ...


Well you weren't very clear as to what exactly you are considering to hyphenate. "1.65-million square feet", "1.65-million-square feet", "1.65-million-square-feet" or some other combination. Either way you should do none of those. As you can see from this, "square feet" is rarely, or in fact almost never hyphenated. And just like you stated, you should ...

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