"All day I get request-after-request for help on passing the Quality Assessment."

The sentence above was originally written as, "All day I get request after request for help on passing the Quality Assessment."

I changed "request after request" to "request-after-request," but was told that I was wrong.

Is request-after-request correct?

  • Google Ngram says Ngrams not found: request-after-request. – Elliott Frisch Jul 28 '17 at 2:51
  • I wouldn't hyphenate it. – Robusto Jul 28 '17 at 3:23
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    No need to hyphenate in that setting, and we can appreciate the request-after-request irritation. The three words take the place of 'serial requests' and no more. I might add 'long', as in All day long. – Yosef Baskin Jul 28 '17 at 3:31
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    Hyphenation makes sense when request after request is used as an adjective, as in Yosef Baskin's comment, where it is used for clarity to modify irritation. Otherwise hyphenation is incorrect. – Richard Kayser Jul 28 '17 at 4:04
  • request-after-request makes a negative thing into a real concept. – JMP Jul 28 '17 at 7:55

No, hyphenation is definitely wrong in that context. Hyphenation is used only when the word becomes attributive.


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