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    Correct spelling of 'onsite' and 'offsite'?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by hannah916, Jan 15, 2013.

    What is the correct spelling of 'onsite and 'offsite'? I've seen both with hyphens, I've seen both separate, and I've seen both together.
    In context, I am using the words for a bullet point.

    Example: Onsite and offsite recreational activities

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Did you try looking in dictionaries?

    I tried two, and both preferred the hyphenated forms on-site and off-site.
     
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    asking google and/or checking an online dictionary are a lot faster than asking people on a writing site to do it for you...
     
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    It's a very common pattern of change in language for two words that often go together to become hyphenated and then to become a single word. "On-site" and "off-site" are making that second shift at the moment, which is why you see both. You might still see "on site" and "off site" as separate words too. I don't think you should be criticised for any of those, but, as others have suggested, it would be safest to pick a dictionary you like and stick to what it suggests. Then you can defend yourself if somebody says you should have used one of the other versions.
     

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