Questions tagged [open-vs-closed-vs-hyphenated]

This tag is used to clarify the spelling of compound words. Should two words be separated by a space, joined with a hyphen, or run together with no space at all?

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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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Overcollecting fees, over collecting fees, or over-collecting fees?

Should "overcollecting" and "undercollecting" be closed in the sentence below? Or should they be open or hyphenated. The hyphenation guide from the Chicago Manual of Style seems to indicate they ...
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Combining open compounds using hyphen in enumerations

In German, when enumerating stuff, one could use an "Ergänzungsstrich". This means that parts of compound words in enumerations that are equal can be shortened like this: Ich mag Eisenbahn-, ...
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Hyphenate “coal supply contracts”?

Should "coal supply contracts" be hyphenated since "coal supply" modifies "contracts"? Example sentence: Please provide a copy of the coal supply contract.
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This program is error free. Or error-free?

Which one is correct in American English: This computer program is error-free. This computer program is error free. ... and why? Are, perhaps, both correct? If so, is there any difference in the ...
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best - fit vs best fit

I'm having a bit of a disagreement about the use of the words "best fit" vs "best - fit" (note the extra spaces suggested). The sentence is "...and I enjoy analysing human behaviour and drivers to ...
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False-alarm rate? [duplicate]

When refering to the rate or probability of getting a false alarm from any kind of system for fault detection, I usually see "false alarm rate" writen, but I think it should be "false-alarm rate". Are ...
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How does one correctly use hyphens in the following contexts?

I read a few articles from APA Style Blog's "Hyphenation Station" series (https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/hyphenation/), and I'm using these tips to guide my writing. I was wondering if anyone on ...
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Hyphen rules: should it be “tracking number” or “tracking-number”? [closed]

In the following sentence: Once you have a tracking number for the shipment. Should it be tracking number or tracking-number? I read through the Wikipedia article, but it didn't give a ...
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Hyphenating measurements in case of a fraction

I am now quite comfortable with the rules of hyphenating measurements (For example, 5-foot-long rod, 7-inch-long handle, etc.) However, what is the rule for hyphenation if the number is a fraction. ...
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Should “uncomment” include a hyphen, or is either one correct?

Should "uncomment" include a hyphen like this: "un-comment", or either one correct?
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When to use hyphens in compound words

I've been puzzled a lot on when to use a hyphen in compounds words such as cross-section, time-of-flight, state-of-the-art etc. I am writing scientific documents and I haven't found a definite rule on ...
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Hyphenation for “300 or 400 level” [duplicate]

Since "400 level" should be hyphenated as "400-level", should "300 or 400 level" be hyphenated as "300- or 400-level," or is there another way to write this?
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Usage of high quality vs high-quality

Am I using the correct grammar by not having high quality hyphenated? From direct mail, printing & fulfillment, to database analytics and digital media, Company Name continues to deliver high ...
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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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“Testbed” or “test bed”? [duplicate]

"A testbed is a platform for conducting rigorous, transparent, and replicable testing of scientific theories, computational tools, and new technologies" (Wikipedia). While Wikipedia seems to prefer "...
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Hyphenating “Pulitzer Prize winning” as adjective

I'm looking for authority on hyphenating the following phrase with a compound modifier. Which is correct? She was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, or She was a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, or ...
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Why are open source and closed source usually not hyphenated? Should they be? [duplicate]

Typically, English writers do not hyphenate open source or closed source when referring to computer software. Why is this? Should they be hyphenated or is it best to not use hyphens for these terms?
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective? [duplicate]

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like particle board, Mount Everest, or windscreen wiper) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a composition....
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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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Where can I find a list of words that contain one or more spaces, such as ice cream? [closed]

This post asked if ice cream was one word or two. John Lawler's comment seems logical and accurate to me: "Space: The Final Frontier. The answer to the question is "Yes". That is, some people ...
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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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Land cover, land-cover, or landcover?

In literature, I often see landcover, land cover, and even land-cover. Land cover seems slightly more prevalent than the others. Which is correct? Land cover is the material covering the Earth's ...
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When to hyphenate open-form compound nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I hyphenate an open-form compound word with another that should be hyphenated? I am taking an editing course, and the instructor said that the following phrase must be ...
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How do I hyphenate an open-form compound word with another that should be hyphenated?

I'm confused about how to combine an open-form compound word with a word that would normally be hyphenated. There's excellent guidance for making the open vs. closed vs. hyphenated decision, but I don'...
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What is the rule for composing two words, when one of them is hyphenized or has spaces?

Let's imagine we have an organization named EFSMA-EE and another called EFSMA Telecom (EFSMA is an acronym). If I want to compose these with another word (e.g. "time" - as in "full-time"), what ...
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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 ...