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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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Is health related or health-related correct in speaking about health related issues?

Is health related or health-related correct? For example, would one write health related issues or health-related issues and health related efforts or health-related efforts?
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Which one is a better term: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? [closed]

Which one is a better term to describe a person who has a hatred towards men: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? In the Corpus of Contemporary American English there are such combinations like "...
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What are the rules surrounding a hyphen following an abbreviation?

For instance, if something is owned by Apple Inc. does that make the compound phrasal adjective 'Apple Inc.-owned'? Or would I omit the period?
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Hyphenate two nouns [duplicate]

I was wondering if two nouns require a hyphen in between them. Mist pond or Mist-pond? Or am I confusing the first noun for a verb?
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Hyphen usage with expressions in compound adjectives

Compound adjectives are hyphenated, e.g. "data-to-field binding". But how is the hyphen used when one of the words in the compound adjective is an expression? For example, how would you hyphenate the ...
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In the following sentence , should locally owned have a hyphen? [duplicate]

In the following sentence , should locally owned have a hyphen? A fun, causal way to sample the sights, stories and flavors of a cross-section of locally owned restaurants.
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Should I use a hyphen with a phrase involving "then"?

In this sentence: "before migrating to lower SoHo, and the then still fringe neighborhood of Chelsea," I feel like "then-still" should be hyphenated, but I can't find a rule in the Chicago Manual of ...
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Should I use a hyphen, an en dash, or an em dash to define or introduce a word? [closed]

I have looked up online and studied usages for the hyphen, en dash, and em dash. I still haven't found an answer if I can define words with a dash in English. The backstory on dashes defining ...
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Hyphenation of "second most northerly" [closed]

I've changed my mind a number of times about which of these variants works best: the second most northerly coffee shop in Seattle the second-most-northerly coffee shop in Seattle the second-...
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Adverb versus Adjective in -minded people

I am currently running for the Board of Education in my little town and am working on my candidate statement for the election handbook that the Department of Elections produces. I sent what I had to ...
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How to hyphenate (divide at the end of a line) the word "configurable"?

Just as the heading says: How do we hyphenate (in the sense of: divide at the end of a line) the word configurable? I was quite surprised that Merriam-Webster doesn't know that word. The Oxford ...
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Hyphenation (end-of-line division) of "Germany" and some other common words

I am currently trying to build a database of English words and their hyphenations (end-of-line divisions) (en-US, if it matters), and thereby have come across some words which I have found ...
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non taxable vs non-taxable [duplicate]

Is the correct usage of the non-taxable or nontaxable? I'm not sure what the correct use is. I want to say that it is with the hyphen however it ha become a debate that this could be incorrect.
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How to hyphenate "multi-day long"

I am describing an event that lasts for more than 68 continuous hours, and I want to describe it as a "multi-day long" event, but I don't know where to put the hypen(s) in that phrase.
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hyphenation of compound adjectives [closed]

Proofreading a friend's work, I came across the following phrase: [teachers and students] work collaboratively to change long held, potentially incorrect and deeply believed views Now, while I'm ...
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Title case; confused if I have to capitalize this word after a hyphen

I'm confused when I have to capitalize a word after a hyphen. I did google around, but I'm still confused when I do or do not have to capitalize it. I have 'Distance-Related Effects'. I think '...
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Nonionic or non-ionic? [closed]

which is more correct or more frequently used? Nonionic or non-ionic (polymers)? It´s for an academic presentation.
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Why does google prefer not to use hyphen? [Hyphen vs No Hyphen] [closed]

One of the things that keeps bothering me while using Google's products such as Google Docs, Google Slides, or search engine is the red line under words that include hyphen (e.g. co-operate, broken-...
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Is "stress test" hyphenated when an adjective?

My question is when "stress test" is an adjective is it hyphenated?
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time-consuming vs time consuming?

Should the phrase time consuming hyphenated or not? In the context I'm using it in, the hyphen seems right. "Painting the walls with chalkboard paint and providing chalk allows customers to make ...
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How do I correctly hyphenate "thousands of years long"?

I want to refer to a few events that all last thousands of years. My understanding is that if I use "thousands of year-long events", that means there are thousands of events; and each one of them are ...
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What should I use when introducing dialogue, hyphens, en-dashes or em-dashes? [closed]

I have always use the hyphen when introducing dialogue. -I love skating, but I'm not very good at it. But I have recently been educated about the existence and use of en/em dashes. Now, I think I ...
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Compound Adjectives: Usage after "is" / Usage with noun

I'm currently writing a text in which I have some object called a graph, which has the attribute of being planar in a special way, namely in the multi-level way. I'm pretty certain that I should call ...
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Must or should you use a hyphen in *Turing-complete* and *Turing-completeness?* [duplicate]

Here's quite a good general answer of when and how to hyphenate. This makes me believe, that Turing-complete is correct, even though most people are not writing it this way. However, Turing-...
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I tend to overuse the hyphen as a pause, and would appreciate some feedback on this [duplicate]

An example of the way I tend to use the hyphen would be: Some people are genetically predisposed to build muscle - I am not one of them. I usually do this more often when I am in a hurry. Still, I ...
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Non-existing or nonexisting [closed]

What is correct in English, non-existing or nonexisting? Searching sources on Google doesn't help much as both variants are widely present there. Onelook Dictionary Search doesn't show much about ...
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Should "in-cabin" be hyphenated in "the dogs must ride in-cabin on the airplane"? [duplicate]

Would the term in-cabin be hyphenated or not? As in, the dogs must ride in-cabin on the airplane.
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Suspended hyphen in"ever-expanding and contracting gulf"?

My hunch is a suspended hyphen is not needed preceding the second word (contracting), but the writer queried this and I'm not sure. (We go by the Chicago Manual of Style but I can't find an example ...
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How do I hyphenate two locations? [duplicate]

I'm confused about how to hyphenate two locations in a single sentence. For instance: "A New York and London-based agency focused on making brands heard." or "A New York- and London-based agency ...
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How old is the practice of hyphenating compound adjectives?

In Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One at 1.3.230 Hotspur refers to Hal contemptuously as that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales At Internet Shakespeare Editions the “Modern” ...
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Using the structure "noun-adjective" as a noun (e.g. "innovation-inclined")

Is it correct to use the structure noun + hyphen + adjective as a noun? For example, can you say "We innovation-inclined tend to act quickly" or "The technology-inclined always update their devices ...
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Hyphen in compound word? [closed]

Better with or without hyphen? Dollar-quotes Use dollar-quoted strings to simplify! Use dollar-quoting to simplify! Does it matter whether the second part is another noun? And does it make a ...
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Should you hyphenate 'one hour session'?

The phrase two-hour session should have a hyphen, because you are making a singular of what is actually plural, i.e. two hours. But what about a one hour session? Should that be 'one-hour session'?
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Implying the idiom "just shy of (something)" with hyphenation

Since, I am constantly redirected to this site for my many, many questions and I am an aspiring author, I shall make my first post a query. When using the idiom "just shy of (something)" would it be ...
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How to use hyphens appropriately when listing multiple unhyphenated terms? [duplicate]

Very similiar to this question, but with an important difference: If two words share the same end, but do not contain a hyphen, can I also avoid repeating their ends when listing the words? How ...
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Would "metaphor use" be hyphenated? [closed]

As in "metaphor-use" versus "metaphor use".
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Would "lady-lover" be hyphenated?

When used to mean "someone who loves ladies", rather than a female lover.
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Hyphenation of four-word sequence with attributive adjectives

In a particular cognitive task, research subjects are asked to refrain from pressing a button in response to an auditory cue, called a “stop signal.” The time required by the participant’s brain to ...
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Is breadlike a word? Should it have a hyphen? [closed]

I'm editing a recipe and one step says that the mixture should resemble a "breadlike dough". This word looks fine to me but it keeps getting flagged up by spell check. Is it a real word? "Bread-like" ...
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How to hyphenate a phrasal adjective: PCI-compliant

I have a phrase I use often in my work, but I'm not sure if I'm hyphenating it correctly. As it stands, I've been writing it like this: The PCI-compliant payment gateway... I think PCI-compliant is a ...
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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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Hyphenating multi-word phrases [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out whether or not to hyphenate a new medical-related phrase, "post birth control syndrome." I know Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is hyphenated, but that seems to make sense ...
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hyphen in adjectives with mathematical symbols

In mathematics and physics (and other fields of science), it is quite common to use symbols in lieu of names. For instance an object can have a symmetry G, i.e. the name of the symmetry is G. I am ...
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Right to left or right-to-left? [closed]

Which is right? right to left or right-to-left? The same question goes for left to right and left-to-right Can't find this in any dictionary I use. Context: the way the text is written is usually ...
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Hyphenation in compounds with abbreviation remarks

So far I understood, that hyphenation should aid readability. Examples [1, 2]: North America-based company A Gaussian mixture model-based approach We propose spherical Gaussian-based ...
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What is the exact difference between "called" and "so-called"? [closed]

Actually, in English to Korean dictionary, both of "called" and "so-called" have the same meaning. In many examples of the dictionary, "so-called" is used as adjective ...
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Correct usage of suspended hyphens [duplicate]

I have seen some people using them while others not. Should I still use a suspended hyphen in the following snippet? I have used upper- and lowercase in my script.
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Is "unfiltered-Camel-smoking war veteran" hyphenated correctly?

We hyphenate the adjective "five-year-old" as such, but what about "unfiltered-Camel-smoking war veteran"? Should it be "unfiltered Camel-smoking war veteran" instead? Does hyphenating adjectives ...
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Hyphenation in X year old person [duplicate]

The thirty-five-year-old patient Is that correct? Or one of The thirty five-year old patient The thirty-five-year old patient The thirty-five year-old patient The thirty five year old ...

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