I was wondering how I should write words like "control structureless". Should you keep the space between the words, concatenate them or use a hyphen?

In my native language, Dutch, we would write "controlestructuurloos", so you would concatenate, but I could imagine it's not supposed to be done like that in English.

EDIT: By "control structureless" I mean "without control structures".

  • Not exactly the route I was thinking of, "control structure" is one thing, a structure that is controlled. – konewka Apr 22 '15 at 13:36
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    Rewrite the sentence so it is in better English, as in "without structure controls." – pazzo Apr 22 '15 at 13:55
  • As @pazzo says, a rewrite is better. You should only use "control-structureless" to be funny or if you are sure you''ll be understood in context. Even then it sounds awkward. – Robusto Apr 22 '15 at 14:09
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    How would you say "there's no speed limit on this highway"? The highway is speedlimitless? Or The highway has no speed limit? – TRomano Apr 22 '15 at 14:39

I'd go for

control-structure-less thing

for best clarity, even though hyphenating suffixes isn't done in formal writing, but it seems this other version is accepted and published (see Google Books):

Artificial Reefs in Fisheries Management - Page 138 Stephen A. Bortone, ‎Frederico Pereira Brandini, ‎Gianna Fabi - 2011

Unfortunately, the lack of concurrent surveys at control-structureless sites after 1997 precluded any definite inference on whether the deployment of reef balls in 2002, the regional variations (both naturally induced or human-induced) of fish

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