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I made a ham-and-Swiss sandwich.

I'm wondering if this sentence might be misunderstood as referring to two sandwiches if written without the hyphens. Which form is considered correct?

Thanks for your help!

  • No, it wouldn't. It would be clearly recognized as a compound adjective to describe sandwich. – Karlomanio Jul 3 '19 at 20:32
  • Both forms are correct. It's simply a matter of style. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 4 '19 at 7:26
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As English is commonly understood, "a ham and Swiss sandwich" is clearly a single sandwich (since sandwich is singular) with two ingredients (we also understand that Swiss refers to a type of cheese).

The hyphens are not necessary and can be left out without any loss of meaning.

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