able-bodied workers long-needed vacation pink-blossomed bush best-known one narrow-minded jerk twenty-first-century war happy-go-lucky me old-fashioned love song well-dressed few
Dont touch those red-hot coals. (hyphenation)
The coals are red hot, so dont touch them. (no hyphenation)
Brads easy-going nature often causes others to take advantage of him. (hyphenation)
By nature, Brad is easy going, which often causes others to take advantage of him. (no hyphenation)
Wanda is a bright young lady. (no hyphenation, since bright and young are separate ideas)
Ron was having a difficult time keeping up with the ever quickening pace. (no hyphenation)
However, if the meaning is unclear without the hyphen, then the hyphen should be used.
That pilots company builds, maintains and flies technically-advanced aircraft for general aviation. (hyphen recommended; without it, reader might think technically modifies flies and then think the technical flyer flies an advanced aircraft, thus creating confusion while reading)
At that rate, the engine will break down soon. (verb, no hyphenation)
We suffered a breakdown in communication. (noun, no hyphenation)
There goes a friendly-looking man. (hyphenation, since friendly modifies looking and is an adjective describing man)
You sure are a friendly little girl. (no hyphenation, since friendly does not act as one idea with little)
This is a very brightly lit room. (no hyphenation, since brightly is an adverb and does not modify room)
| as-is|| forget-me-not|| leveling-off|
| court-martial|| take-off|
| hard-and-fast rule|| make-believe world|| stick-in-the-mud dad|
| never-say-die attitude|| verbal give-and-take|
| Any ordinary good-gracious-what-next novelist would be content to spin out this plot to book length.|
| This salesman of securities gave me a now-you-see-it-now-you-dont impression.|
anti-French post-Civil War trans-North American non-Islamic pro-Israeli ultra-Communist pan-German pseudo-Christian un-American
A-flat I-beam U-turn C-span S-curve V-neck H-bomb T-square X-ray
brother-workers fellow-citizen parent-teacher father-in-law mother-of-pearl sister-cities
- Many compounds beginning with the above words are not hyphenated.
father love mother church sister ship
thirty-eight fifty-five seventy-three forty-third sixty-ninth eighty-first
two-thirds eleven-seventeenths sixty-thousandths forty seven-thousandths twenty-three thirtieths fifty-eight ninety-sevenths
2-liter bottle 8-foot board 35-hour week 5-yard gain 10-day vacation 500-milligram dose
ex-serviceman self-control ex-vice-president self-respect
anti-imperialistic bell-like semi-independent will-less
re-cover as distinguished from recover
re-creation as distinguished from recreation
re-treat as distinguished from retreat
This was a group of six- and seven-year-olds.
There were both anti- and pro-choice advocates at the rally.
Marcos bought some 6-, 8-, and 10-penny nails.
Charles was not happy with the B+ on his paper, but he under-
stood that the instructor rarely gave As.
Kyle never was prone to ingesting much alcohol, but occasion-
ally he would have a drink with friends.
Rafael was puzzled why the common letters in the words r-o-u-g-h, c-o-u-g-h, t-h-r-o-u-g-h,and t-h-o-u-g-h are prounounced so differently.
The prefix of this word should be p-r-e, not p-e-r.
If you have a lot of s-e-n-s-e, you should be able to make a lot of
W-e-ll, I think I can go with you; y-y-es, Im sure I can.
Jim said, I like t-t-tomatoes but not p-p-potatoes.
The horse came a-tearin over to the barn when he heard my whistle.
There they sat most of the night, just a-drinkin and a-laughin.
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