0

I would like to express "an interpolation scheme which is not based on grids". But among the following options:

"non grid based", "non-grid based", "non grid-based" or "non-grid-based"

I am not sure which one I should use. I have tried google and google ngrams and found no answer. I neither found any straightforward guide or rule from some related posts (eg. 1,2,3) on this site. Which one is better for a native speaker?


Edits:

  1. I am not sure about the rule when there are multiple adjectives with some hierarchy among them.
  2. I guess it should be "a non grid-based interpolation".(?)
  • 1
    And could you say why those questions you linked don't help? That would assist answerers to know exactly what the difficulty is which those questions don't explicitly address. – Andrew Leach Sep 8 '16 at 14:51
  • 1
    @choster, thanks! but it seems that the link points to some other post. – gamebm Sep 8 '16 at 15:42
  • @gamebm Sorry, I made a copy/paste error. The correct link is Non in front of hyphenated adjective – choster Sep 8 '16 at 16:01
0

You must have a hyphen between "non" and "grid" because "non" is not a word on its own, just a prefix. You should also have a hyphen between "grid" and "based" to indicate that they are not to be interpreted as separate adjectives. Therefore "non-grid-based" is the correct choice.

Non in front of hyphenated adjective addresses this well.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.