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Would you say "case-study-rich presentation" or "case study-rich presentation"?

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    I wouldn't say either but then I hate business-speak with a passion. – chasly from UK Nov 9 '15 at 23:16
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I would try to avoid either and say a presentation, rich in case studies... If you must, case study-rich is more correct, as case study is generally not hyphenated.

  • There has been a discussion on ELU about compound pre-modifiers. Hyphenation rules are not set in stone, and it was felt that clarity rather than prescriptivism was more important. Case study rich is a cohesive unit, like grizzly bear like (meaning 'like a grizzly bear') and hyphenation of the compound premodifier helps to disambiguate (or at least comprehend more quickly). – Edwin Ashworth Nov 10 '15 at 0:01
  • I agree; too many hyphens gets cluttery. It may sound okay verbally, but reading it is kind of awful. – DJ Far Nov 10 '15 at 0:50

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