When enumerating conjoined words that share a common (the last) part, do you apply the same "splitting-" pattern in English as you would do in German, which is for instance:

This chapter is about the lexical-, syntactical- and semantic analysis.

Or, consider another example:

The goal is, to detect as many stress- and emotion conditions as possible.

In the latter, is is correct to write "stress-" or simply "stress"?

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    Are you asking about the hyphen after the term lexical and syntactical? – user66974 Sep 23 '15 at 8:03
  • well, without enumeration, one would need to write: "This chapter is about lexical analysis, syntactical analysis and semantic analysis". I am asking about the correct way, to abbreviate this list in order to use the word analysis only once. – marc wellman Sep 23 '15 at 8:07
  • I don't see why you cannot write the same sentence without using hyphens. ..lexical, syntactical and semantic analysis. – user66974 Sep 23 '15 at 8:09
  • lexical analysis are two distinct separate terms, not a split one. – user66974 Sep 23 '15 at 8:16
  • @Josh61 Yes. I agree with you. As the words lexical and syntactical exist as single words in their own right there is no need to include a hyphen - just a comma. – WS2 Sep 23 '15 at 8:23

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