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."?

  • 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

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.

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