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Would you ever use “closed-loop” as an adjective without a hyphen?

Is it correct to use "closed-loop" as an adjective without a hyphen? Example: Partners can serve as a recycling hub and sell the products in their stores, telling a closed-loop story. Our ...
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What is the correct usage: In the morning vs. On the morning? [closed]

In the morning of 19 April 2016, Taliban militants attacked a security team. Or On the morning of 19 April 2016, Taliban militants attacked a security team .
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Non-sea salt sulfate or non-sea-salt sulfate?

Atmospheric sea salt particles contain sulfate but also other sources of atmospheric sulfate exist. In scientific studies on particulate sulfate air pollution it is common to split between sulfate ...
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Word for something being a misnomer - “misnomerous”? “misnomatic”? [closed]

What is the word used to describe something as being a misnomer?
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Adjective for someone who knows their limits

I am looking for adjectives for describing a person who knows their limits, what they are capable of and what not, knows their weak and strong points. Usage example: When you are going through a new ...
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Hyphens in “nationally top ranked” [duplicate]

In order to combine "nationally" and "top-ranked" would the resulting qualifier be written as "nationally-top-ranked" or "nationally top-ranked"? Edit: I do not immediately see the applicability of ...
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Hyphenation of a compound modifier formed of an adjective and a noun

Earlier questions on the hyphenation of compound modifiers have been well answered, so now I would sharpen the question. We seem to agree that this has good hyphenation: The question is well ...
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is it “mice infested” or “mouse infested”?

You would say "rat infested" but would you say "mouse infested" or "mice infested"? Sidenote: I think we would say "mouse infestation" so I'm assuming we would also say "louse infestation" as ...
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as little as 1 day as an adjective object phrase of a preposition

You can get your money back in as little as 1 day! It is a sentence I heard from an advertisement. Sadly, I cannot tell if this is what the advertisement said, for I did not pay much attention to ...
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What about adjective “especial” for a person?

I read about the use of especial and special. But I'm not sure if applies the same when describing a person. For instance, do you say: I am an especial person. or I am a special person.
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Is there a rule for what we can turn into a compound modifier/adj?

Consider the following: The music was perfect for a windows-down, summer's-day car ride. Is this sentence grammatically correct? The hyphen usage looks particularly odd, but since they are being ...
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Seem small clause

It is said that the omission of "to be" is allowed only when the adjective (phrases), noun (phrases), or prepositional phrase comes after the to be like this: a He seemed (to be) angry about the ...
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Compound adjective + adjective + noun

I am having difficulty with this, or maybe my brain has just shutdown. Can you follow a compound adjective with another adjective and then the noun? Or does it always have to be adjective + compound ...
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Why did the author use “muttering” instead of “mutters” in this sentence?

"He wanders away from the group, muttering something about fingers and toes." - The hunger game, Mockingjay. And can you give me the name of this grammar structure? Is it short form of relative ...
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Quarter Asteroidal Hypocycloid, in Layman's Terms

Take a gander at the hypocycloid. You may recognize the shape from the logo of an American football team... My question is, how do you describe the tip of one such shape in common parlance (in other ...
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Adjective phrase for a time?

I wrote a sentence that I don't know is correct. The presence of the doctor after the incident matters to every patient. I think "after the incident" is used as an adjectival phrase. But there ...
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Is there any adjective for describing a person who prefers his/her friends to his/her family?

I'm looking for an adjective /idiom /expression /phrase with a negative connotation, for describing someone who spends their time mostly with their friends, and prefer their friends to their own ...
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Use of a hyphen when using a noun as an adjective

In my academic work (physics), I often use a noun as an adjective, and this seems to be a common practise to avoid long sentences. For instance sphere packing stands for packing made of spheres. Is ...
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Does this open compound noun require a hyphen when used as an adjective?

A friend of mine works at a restaurant that sells tortilla soup; however, I think the soup tastes like hot dogs. There are thus three ways to write this: hot dog soup, hot-dog soup, hotdog soup. Only ...
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Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student?

Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student? Which one is more correct/preferable?
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What is the difference between therefore and hence? [duplicate]

In the following two sentences, what is more appropriate and why - hence or therefore? I Missed the bus hence I had to take a cab I Missed the bus therefore I had to take a cab Or they can be ...
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article heading should be “Experiment setup” or “Experimental setup”?

My advisor insists on using a heading "Experimental Setup" in his science journal articles. I always cringed a little, thinking it should be "Experiment setup" instead. Now I am writing an article and ...
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Joining two words to make a single word

I am international engineering student studying in US. I have a question regarding words that are created as a result of joining two words. Usually this happens when two technologies or methodologies ...
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Regularly or Regular

Which one is correct: 10% off regular-priced items or 10% off regularly-priced items? I see a number of American advertisements with the sentence.
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Use of 'cum' as the interstitial in a three-word semi-comparative adjective? [duplicate]

I have occasionally encountered and often written a three-word adjective of the form 'X-cum-Y' to describe a person, where the X and Y are normally set somewhat in tension with one another, if they ...
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First strike vs. first-strike

I'm a bit confused about when to hyphenate in certain circumstances. Specifically, which of the following would I hyphenate? Launch a first strike Launch a second strike Damage first ...
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Can a (compound) adjective stand for a plural noun?

Does the following sentence make sense? Computers take key role at the two middle stages of the previously-listed. (Previously a process has been discussed with six different stages, so "previously-...
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Offroad, off road, or off-road?

My instincts tell me that the following phrase should be "2014 and newer off-road equipment." When I Google it, I see all of the these: offroad, off road, and off-road. Is there a correct one? Or ...
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Hyphenation of a multiple adverb-past participle phrase

I am editing a research article, and I came across a phrase that I am having some trouble hyphenating: "the detoxification of both endogenous and exogenous derived acetaldehyde." My thought is that ...
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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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How are compound adjectives nominalised?

There are compound adjectives in which each word is inflected (as adjective). When they are nominalised, should each adjective be separately nominalised or only the ultimate word? The concrete ...
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When can compound adjectives be plural? [duplicate]

I am helping to correct some errors in a game manual not originally written in english. I've come across a bit that I'm not sure what to do with. The game consists of several 90-minute matches. My ...
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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How do I use paired?

In the sentence "they've built roads, ports and stores in our city, but these facts are unpaired to the schooling steep growing levels." I'd like to know two things: Is the usage of "but these facts ...
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In the context of a grocery store's signage, which is correct - “Everyday” or “Every Day”?

Here is an illustrated example: A grocer may print information pertaining to a low price deal, on the above pictured sign, and attach it to a shelf for customers to see.
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Use of a hyphen with the word “based”

I'm checking a technical paper submission and came across the phrase We propose spherical Gaussian based approximations to calculate this analytically. and wondering if this needs a hyphen ...
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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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Use of apostrophe in adjective phrase containing a possessive

I work and write for a tech company that has created many first-in-the-world technologies. In press releases, I often write something like “[Company name] today announced another world’s first with ...
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What is the correct way to use hyphens when saying “eight to ten week cycle”? [duplicate]

A friend has asked about this and so far most seem to believe the best answer is: At the end of an eight- to ten-week project period, the team reports their findings and recommendations to their ...
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Is there a name for somebody you’re jealous of?

I'm trying to describe King Saul's suicide out of fear of his rival David, of-whom-he-is-jealous. Is there a better way to describe this?
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What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side?

What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side? A friend suggested adjacent. I think that fits, but is there a way to distinguish between adjacent faces of a ...
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Can a prepositional phrase starting with “during” work as an adjectival phrase?

A prepositional phrase comprising a preposition and a noun phrase can generally function either as an adjectival phrase or as an adverbial phrase. The book on the table is mine. (The ...
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Is there any reason for saying “he is good-looking”, instead of “he is well-looking”?

A person who has............is said to be.............. "good manners".........."well-mannered" "good behaviour"........"well-behaved" "good intentions"........"well-intentioned" "a good ...
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What's a word to describe black humor of the variety that criticizes the injustices of the world?

For example, let's say I see a homeless man and woman eating scraps of food next to a garbage fire to keep warm and I say to my friend, "Must be date night" (with undertones of "This is a sad world"). ...
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“Most of them plant based”

What's remarkable is that so many of the claims made for some of these remedies, or at least their ingredients, most of them plant based, have since been found to have at least some basis in fact. I ...
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How should one punctuate “upper right most”?

For upper right most, I’ve seen it written upper-right most, upper-right-most, and with no hyphens at all. What makes the most sense to me is upper rightmost, but it’s hard to tell that upper right ...
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I threw a coin in a well that [was] or [is] in the forest [duplicate]

Which statement is correct and why? I threw a coin in a well that was in the forest. vs I threw a coin in a well that is in the forest. Also, is the "is/was" before "in the forest" called a ...
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Use of the en dash instead of the hyphen in compound adjectives

I have the following taken from a paper that I am editing: … proposed a water-filling factor aided search method to solve … My question is related to whether I should use an en dash to connect the ...
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nominal compound/compound adjective

"The Duchess is a free(-)natured woman." In the above sentence is there a nominal compound? Can we write "a free-natured woman" using a hyphen? Are nominal compound and compound adjectives the same ...
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Different types of “pride”

At one point while browsing the internet I came across an article that had wonderful adjectives for the different types of pride one can feel. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark it, and I can't find it! ...