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If trying to combine two words to create a single unit to modify another word, hyphenate. Otherwise, each word is single in meaning. Example: The week-long event... where "week-long" modifies "event" to describe the duration; The event continued all week long where "week long" describes duration, but not as a descriptive modifier of "event"


As in John is a hard-working guy? Yes. As in John attended a week-long retreat at the Laurel Woods Camp and Conference Center? Yes.


I prefer not to use the auto correct facility in word processing programs. You could either change your default settings to change whether or not to use the auto check or you could add the word to your dictionary.


MS Word 2010 seems to recognize "How've" as in "How've you been?" while Firefox tries to correct it to "Who've." Google ngram viewer shows these in reasonably common usage, especially in more recent decades, but not nearly as often as their uncontracted counterparts (which makes sense for books). These seem to be in line with "would've," an explicit ...


To all the people saying that "performant" is not in the dictionary and it is not a word, I refer you to the Oxford English Dictionary: A person who performs a duty, ceremony, etc., a performer. Of course, that doesn't help back up what you've been writing, OP, but it is quite interesting. Personally I understand your usage of "performant" just fine – ...


I agree with Anonym (in a comment above) that the most natural way to express the idea is with me in place of I: ... and she, like me, is happy that ... Alternatively, you can move the "like me" phrase in front of "she": ... and like me, she is happy that ... Or you can pair "she" and "I": ... she and I are happy that ... Or (in some cases) ...

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