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Hyphen: “well defined” vs. “well-defined” [duplicate]

Traditional English grammar teaches us that a well-defined function is a function that is well defined. With the hyphen in the adjective role before the noun and without the hyphen in the role of an ...
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Do I ever hyphenate adverbs when used with "based"? [duplicate]

I've seen it used both ways, but I'm wondering what is the proper way to punctuate phrases with adverbs and words like "based". example would be: academically-based instruction vs. academically based ...
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Is "currently-installed" a proper compound adjective? [duplicate]

I'm in the process of working on technical documentation and the phrase "currently-installed" came up. The context of the orginal sentesnece is as follows: "You are not licensed to use the ...
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Why is “well-known” hyphenated? [duplicate]

Well is adverb and known is adjective. As far as I know, it should not be hyphenated. For example: clearly impossible task, extremely powerful processor.
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Taken from UK Teachers' Standards: "Plan and teach well structured lessons" [duplicate]

The UK Teachers' Standards ask teachers to 'take responsibility for promoting... the correct use of standard English', and six lines later we find the heading, 'Plan and teach well structured lessons' ...
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To hyphenate or not?

As a non-native speaker of English and an engineer by training, I always get confused about hyphenation and almost always end up referring to Google every time I need to make that decision. Does ...
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How does the hyphen change the meaning in expressions like "high performance" and "high-performance"?

I'm wondering about the distinction between expressions like "high performance" and "high-performance", or "high level" and "high-level" and other similar pairs of words which are sometimes used with ...
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When is 'off guard' hyphenated?

How do you decipher when and how to use 'off-guard' or 'off guard'? Example sentences “I wanted to find it before my opponents did,” he clarified. “So, if anything was brought up during one of ...
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Should there be a hyphen in expressions such as "currently-available X"?

My natural instinct is to hyphenate expressions such as "currently-available", "currently-implemented", etc., when they modify a noun. Example: "the currently-available version of X". It seems to me ...
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Should I used a hyphen for "often-used" and "well-documented"?

Not sure what this is called, but I have seen the following phrases with and without hyphens: The doctor performed a well-documented procedure. Or: He took an often-used road to the farm. ...
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