This question is an exact duplicate of:

Very similiar to this question, but with an important difference:

If two words share the same end, but do not contain a hyphen, can I also avoid repeating their ends when listing the words?

How would the following be shortened, considering that unidirectional and bidirectional do not contain spaces or hyphens?

To allow unidirectional and bidirectional communication...

In German we would write:

To allow uni- and bidirectional communication...

MS Word however complains about this, marking "uni" as a spelling error.

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, Nigel J, Rob_Ster, user240918, Laure Mar 20 '18 at 18:48

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    Actually answered by @Sven Yargs at a suspended hyphen in a list ...: << In its discussion of suspended compounds, Words Into Type, edition 3 (1974), after counseling avoidance of phrases of the type "in- and out-of-school facilities," has this to say: 'Similarly, avoid expressions like the following: given and surname // cattle and sheepmen. They should be written: given name and surname // cattlemen and sheepmen. >> So it advises against hyphenating. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 20 '18 at 11:02
  • I agree with Edwins first comment that his linked question and my linked question are not duplicates and that the asker had the same intention as I had. I also agree with his second comment, that the actual answer to my question is given by Sven Yargs, but to a different question. – AplusKminus Mar 20 '18 at 12:23
  • What about the duplicate banner on my question now? By transitivity this would make my question a duplicate of the one I specifically linked as not being a duplicate. How can I improve on this? – AplusKminus Mar 20 '18 at 12:27