0

I want to write:

"We design color-based and size-based models."

Meaning that we design a color-based model and also a size-based model.

Isn't it more appropriate to write:

"We design color/size-based models."?

3
  • Is this sentence to be used in writing up an experiment in which you used one size-based model and one colour-based model? If it is you should use the past tense. Using the present tense makes it sound as though you design these models routinely, perhaps as a business, maybe a bike supplier saying "We design custom cycles for adults and children"
    – BoldBen
    Mar 6 '19 at 7:20
  • You can use - "We design both color-based and size-based models" or "We design color-based as well as size-based models". Mar 6 '19 at 7:43
  • We design models based on [their] color and size. Although the meaning is still unclear to me.
    – Rusty Core
    Mar 6 '19 at 17:29
2

You can split the nouns over the same verb complement (where a noun and a verb participle together function as a compound modifier) when the latter is shared and the noun phrases would be joined by a single conjunction (usually and or or):

We design color- and size-based models.

This is equivalent to writing "color-based and size-based models."

Use of the bare dash (no complement) indicates that the reader should be on the lookout for the next "dashed" combination, which will supply the applicable complement.

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