I read a few articles from APA Style Blog's "Hyphenation Station" series (https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/hyphenation/), and I'm using these tips to guide my writing.
I was wondering if anyone on this forum could help me alleviate some confusion with DIY (craft and baking) article hyphenations.
In particular, for each bullet point, I'm not sure which of the two bolded options is correct:
- "Place the X-Acto-knife-cut squares to the side" or "Place the X-Acto knife cut squares to the side" (At least to me, it seems like a hyphen is not needed because there wouldn't be any confusion between "X-Acto knife cut and X-Acto-knife-cut in the context)
- "Using dual-toned material is optional" or "Using dual toned material is optional" (A hyphen might be warranted in this situation for the same reason listed above)
- "Your triple-layered dessert is now complete" or "Your triple layered dessert is now complete" (Not sure if a hyphen is needed, because the sentence indicates one dessert is ready)
- "I recommend this machine for its material-handling capabilities" or "I recommend this machine for its material handling capabilities" (I think a hyphen would make this statement clearer)
- "You don't need large-format material cutting and printing" or "You don't need large format material cutting and printing" (I think a hyphen would be useful for clarity, but when I Google large-format, I don't see a hyphen used in the vast majority of the results)
Any help would be VERY much appreciated!