Questions tagged [hyphenation]

A hyphen is a symbol used to join two words or two syllables of a single word together. It is not to be confused with dashes or the minus symbol, as these are all longer than the hyphen and serve different purposes in language.

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"One-Day Only Promotion" or "One-Day-Only Promotion"

A copywriter I'm working with wrote "One-Day Only Promotion" but my feeling is that "One-Day-Only Promotion" is correct. The first three words describe 'Promotion'. I know you don't hyphenate adverbs, ...
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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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"Username", "user name" or "user-name"

In computer science, you should have a username or a user name or a user-name and a password to be able to log into the system. Which one is the correct spelling?
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Is it "front-end", "frontend", or "front end"?

Which is correct? front-end engineering frontend engineering front end engineering I looked over http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/hyphens.asp, referenced in this answer, and I'm still not sure ...
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"object-oriented" vs "object oriented"

When should we use "object-oriented" and when "object oriented" when talking about programming? An example: Why should I start writing object oriented code? I personally think that there should ...
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When to use a hyphen to coin a new word and when to omit a hyphen?

Someone has asked for answer to these topics. However, I still want someone to provide me with simple and universal answers. I recently read a sentence from the English-speaking person. It is in an ...
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How does one correctly use a suspended hyphen when the words aren't written together?

My example in this case is "activity- and experience verbs", in the meaning "activity verbs and experience verbs". Does the hyphen suggest that "activity-verb" or "...
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Should a two-word noun that modifies be hyphenated?

I came across the sentence "He is Fibonacci spiral attractive," and my first thought was that "Fibonacci spiral" should be hyphenated. I consulted my sister, and she thought it ...
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Is a hyphen required or is the proper use of it subjective?

My question is as stated in the title. In a very famous article, I noticed the author used the word - "nonexperiment". I looked up the word and it is not actually a word, so I believe it should be ...
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How to punctuate a phrase that has words between the possessor and possession?

Example: the security policy for Acme Group owned and operated computers... Obviously I could just reword it as "the security policy for computers owned and operated by Acme Group...," but ...
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Correct hyphenation of age groups (18-25-year-olds / 18- to 25-year-olds / 18 to 25-year-olds)

As the title suggests, I'd like to ask your opinion on the correct way (or most common/recommended way) to write about different age groups. Let's imagine you have a table showing several age groups ...
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"Email" or "e-mail"?

Which way of writing the word: "Email" or "e-mail" is correct? Both variants seem to be in wide use. If both ones are okay, maybe there is a difference in contexts they have been used (one is more ...
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Hyphenation of "left hand side"

I would like to know exactly where (or whether) "the right hand side", "the left hand wall", etc. should be hyphenated.
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"easy to use" versus "easy-to-use"

My belief is that the following two phrases are correct: A: "The app is easy to use." B: "It is an easy-to-use app." And that the following is not technically correct: C: "It is an easy to use app....
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Question about hyphenation [duplicate]

The hyphenation of this sentence is throwing me off, and I want to make sure I have them in the right place. Here's the sentence: Each member of our team is mid- to senior-level.
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When should com­pound words be writ­ten as one word, with hy­phens, or with spaces?

Some compound words are written without hyphens (nonaggression, nonbeliever), some with hyphens (well-intentioned), and others with spaces (post office). Is there a rule or good guide as to which ...
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When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?

I generally know how to use a hyphen, but when should I use an en-dash (–) instead of an em-dash, or when should I use a hyphen (-) instead of an em-dash (—)?
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punctuation: chicken-fried steak [closed]

Does anyone know why the adjective in "chicken-fried steak" is hyphenated by some people but not by others? What do writing guides on both sides of the pond say about this issue? The ...
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How should we use hyphen to create an adjective with multiple words?

When saying, in a technical documentation, XYZ license with a free of charge distribution only clause should we use hyphens like this: XYZ license with a free-of-charge-distribution-only clause to ...
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How to hyphenate "non self destructive"?

Non self-destructive Non-self destructive Non-self-destructive Which one is correct?
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Hyphenating measurements [duplicate]

A construction that I have been seeing a lot lately that seems surprising to me is "The 8-foot-long bridge ...," with two hyphens. It seems surprising to me (or maybe I'm just noticing it) that ...
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Hyphenate 3/4 word compound adjective

The phrase I don't know how to hyphenate is asset type specific keywords and patterns and the negated version non asset type specific keywords and patterns. I looked around and found this Q&A ...
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Hyphen use: convention for made-up words with a compound noun or phrase?

Apologies for the verbosity of the title. Example: "morse code speak". What should be hyphenated and what not? Facing this, I had informally adopted the practice of enclosing the compound ...
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Fractions as phrasal (compound) adjectives

Is there a difference between a written-out fraction that serves as a noun: He gave me one half of his sandwich. and a written-out fraction serving as an adjective: I gave her a one-half share ...
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Is "darkweb" one word or two words? [duplicate]

I observed the word "darkweb" in newspapers of late, and wondered if it is one word or two words. I could not get a definite answer when I did a Google search. No one seems to have addressed ...
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Why is "more complicated" typically not hyphenated as a compound modifier when before a noun?

In the phrase "employees for more complicated work," shouldn't "more complicated" be hyphenated as it comes before the noun it describes? After much searching online, I am yet to ...
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Hyphenating Compound Nouns

Grammarly says hyphenating is necessary for a compound adjective before a noun as follows. The municipal government is funding a community-based education system. Wind-powered generators can be ...
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Hyphen between 2 words when prefix is in front of the 2 words

What's the correct way to put a prefix in front of something that's 2 or more words? Pre-Neolithic Revolution or pre-Neolithic-Revolution Pro-affirmative action or pro-affirmative-action Post-Civil ...
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How do you hyphenate "Lagrangian"?

This is a proper noun (used extensively in physics) named after a French monsieur. How should this word be hyphenated? Should it follow English or French pronunciation rules, or something else?
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Is it "historical-philosophical" or "historico-philosophical"?

I was wondering what are the rules for writing hyphenated adjectives, specially those composed by words ending in "-al" such as "historical" and "philosophical". I have ...
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Is this phrase "2- or 4-person" correct? [duplicate]

When listing a numerical hyphenation...,for example "2- or 4-person", does the first number have a unconnected hyphen? What is the general rule?
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Should I use a suspended hyphen here? "A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it," or a "A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it"?

The title pretty much sums it up. Which of the following sentences is correct? "A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it." "A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it." Moreover, ...
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Should hyphenated compound words be permitted to break across lines?

When using a hyphenated compound word (i.e., a compound adjective, verb, or noun) in a document and the word splits across two lines due to it being at the end of a line, is it considered improper to ...
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Locally(-)injective mapping--hyphenate or not? [duplicate]

Do I need to to hyphenate: "It is a locally-injective mapping." where I use locally injective as a term--a concept: "This mapping is locally injective." For example, it is defined ...
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What is the correct hyphenation of the sequence: "diffusion time dependent"? [duplicate]

The sentence in which I use it similar to the following: From this, it is possible to define a diffusion-time-dependent dimension. I am not sure if the double hyphenation is correct or not, but I ...
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Using multiple hyphens in a phrase [duplicate]

First-time poster. I hope I am posting appropriately and following protocol. I looked at the other sections and this seemed to me to be the correct place. Very quick and simple question. Hyphens are ...
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dog-leg, dogleg, or dog leg?

I've asked How does one dogleg from Florida to a sun-synchronous orbit? in Space Exploration SE about the path that a rocket takes during launch, or actually the ground-track of its path. If the ...
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What would be the correct formatting or rewording of the onomatopoeia "crunch-crunched"?

I am editing a historical fiction novel, and this clause has come up. As the Model T's wheels crunch-crunched their way up the gravel driveway... Is this clause grammatically correct? Should I use ...
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Self Service. To hyphenate or not?

Self-Service or Self Service. For example, Self-Service restaurants, Self-Service Websites, etc.. Another example, multi-platform, multi-factor, etc.. Is the hyphen a must?
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Hyphenation usage in US English [duplicate]

I am writing my Ph.D. Thesis in US English and have two questions on hyphenating. Would it be re-entry or reentry? Would it be (re)training or (re-)training? Or would it be retraining at all times? ...
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Hyphenation for a well toasted bagel

I’m curious whether, if one were to order a bagel, well toasted, if the correct hyphenation would be, “Hello, could I please get a well-toasted bagel?” Thanks.
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Is it acceptable to write "mini-steps" or should it be "mini steps? Can it be "mini-mangoes" or must it be "mini mangoes"? [duplicate]

Is it wrong to use a hyphen after "mini" in the following cases? Why or why not? All I can do is take mini-steps by the day. These mini-mangoes are sweet.
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Compound Adjectives and -ed

A colleague asked me this question, and I couldn't come up with an answer that satisfied him, so I'm wondering if anyone can help: Why does a man with a short temper become a short-tempered man? In ...
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When to use hyphen before “themed”

I understand cases where the concept modifying “themed” is a noun: “A Star Wars–themed party” But when the theme is an adjective, which of the following would be correct? “A spooky-themed party” “A ...
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Do I use timeslot or time slot or time-slot? [closed]

As in "the timeslot given to completing the task". Would also be interested to hear if there's different usages for different scenarios.
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Is there a name for syllables connected with hyphens which might be read as multiple words?

Is there a name for syllables connected with hyphens which can be read as multiple words? For example in one of my songs I have the lines: When you escape from, re-hab-its … more than your soul, cares ...
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Can 'postsynaptic' be written as 'post-synaptic'?

Under the heading "Excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic potentials" in this article on Khan Academy, the word 'postsynaptic' is written with and without a hyphen. Does this imply that both ...
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Why does English hypenate compounds, while German just mashes them together?

Since starting to learn German, I find myself wanting to use a non-hyphenated word in English, but I always end up adding the hyphen because otherwise it just seems wrong in English. Why is this? Is ...
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Is there a general rule for the usage of hyphens in compound words?

For example for words like in-depth or long-term I would always use a hyphen, and I tend to favor using them in general unless I'm certain there shouldn't be one, but often I find both used for words ...
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Hyphen in consecutive adjectives

Is the hyphen necessary in cases such as: lexical-functional grammar (lexical functional grammar)??

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