In the phrase "highly trained support specialist" should a hyphen be used?

  • The adverb 'highly' is modifying an adjective and needs no hyphen to let us know that. Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 16:20
  • For the specific collocation here, Hyphenated highly-trained used to be as common as the "separate words" version in British English until just a few decades ago. But almost no-one hyphenates that particular one today (which in any case was only ever done if it came before the relevant modified noun; Our support specialists are all highly trained would never be hyphenated). Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 16:24
  • Highly trained support-specialist - Does it reduce the confusion?
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 16:57
  • @RamPillai: No! That would be completely wrong! We rarely if ever put a hyphen after a noun adjunct (which is what "support" is there). No-one ever writes My car-radio doesn't work, for example. Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 17:01
  • @FumbleFingers: OK; agree to your views!
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 17:10