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  1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    Punctuation Last Hyphen Query

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 7, 2014.

    Do you agree with my bolded examples below? I don't think there is any need for hyphens in the compound modifiers.

    He applied for the assistant store manager position.
    (Not: ...assistant-store-manager position.)

    He is in the store manager trainee position.
    (Not: ...store-manager-trainee position.)

    She likes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
    (Not: ...chocolate-chip cookie-dough ice cream.)

    The technology is state of the art.
    (Not: ...is state-of-the-art.)

    The software is cutting edge.
    (Not: ...is cutting-edge.)

    The test is multiple choice and fill in the blank.
    (Not: The test is multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank.)

    The test consists of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.
    (Hyphens are required here, agreed?)

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. thirdwind

    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    My impression is that modern English is changing so that words that are normally hyphenated aren't hyphenated anymore (or aren't required to be hyphenated by certain style guides). However, I would still add hyphens in a few places ("state-of-the-art" and "fill-in-the-blank" are two examples) for clarity and because they're required. Consider the last example. Not having hyphens could make the phrase "fill in the blank" seem like a separate command (i.e., "The test is multiple choice, and fill in the blank."). The hyphens make it clearer in this case.

    So I agree with your first three choices but not with your last three. However, in the fifth example, "multiple choice" is not hyphenated.
     
  3. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    Thank you kindly.

    But you do agree with these?

    The technology is state of the art.
    (Not: ...is state-of-the-art.)

    The software is cutting edge.
    (Not: ...is cutting-edge.)

    Mike
     
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    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    No, I don't agree with those.
     
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i'm with thirdwind on all of it... but it's not really a cut-and-dried issue, so editors may have differing opinions...

    btw, those who say/write 'cut and dry' instead of 'cut-and-dried' annoy the bleep outa me! :rolleyes:
     

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