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Please pardon my lack of understanding for major English Language concepts, I'll be using layman's terms.

Now, I've encountered this issue in the past while writing. Consider this text:

That was about the best he could do, information density wise.

You can replace information density with loads of other ideas which must be described using two nouns, i.e., refresh rate, focal length, cooking time, etc.

The problem is, "wise" in that sentence was supposed to be used in its suffix form, and it too could be replaced with loads of other descriptive suffixes.

How do I add a descriptive suffix to an idea described with two inseparable words?

Information density-wise?
Information-density-wise?
Information density -wise?

  • Please let me know if there are any better tags I can add to this. – B.fox Sep 5 '18 at 17:56
  • Should the last read: information-density wise? The first and last are the same othervise. I'd choolse the middle one, but would prefer a construction like, 'as far as information density/cooking time was concerned'. – S Conroy Sep 5 '18 at 19:11
  • @SConroy I think you misunderstand. I am trying to attach "-wise" to the idea "information density," not trying to concatenate two different ideas. As for the list of three, I meant to put a space there, though, don't ask me why as I'm just shooting in the dark. My thought process was something like: (information density)-wise. – B.fox Sep 5 '18 at 19:17
  • "-wise," in its suffix form, forms adjectives. Think, clockwise. "Security-wise, there are a few problems." – B.fox Sep 5 '18 at 19:20
  • Terminology-wise, that's not correct. The -wise suffix forms contextual adverbs of manner and circumstance. That's why you can use -wise words at either end of a sentence, grammar-wise. That's how adverbs behave; adjectives are either predicates or else they modify some noun phrase; either way, their position in the sentence is fixed and not variable at will. – John Lawler Sep 5 '18 at 21:15

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