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When to use hyphen

2018-02-21 16:12 #0 by: Niklas

What’s the rule for using hyphens to make compound words in English?

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2018-02-21 16:32 #1 by: Leia

There are lots of confusing rules around hyphens, I found the following at grammarbook.com I thought it was a great way to explain it.  

Most usually you hyphenate two or more words when they come before a noun they modify and act as a single idea. This is called a compound adjective.

Examples:

an off-campus apartment

state-of-the-art design

When a compound adjective follows a noun, a hyphen is usually not necessary.
Example: The apartment is off campus.

However, some established compound adjectives are always hyphenated. Double-check with a dictionary or online.

Example: The design is state-of-the-art.

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2018-02-21 18:30 #2 by: Niklas

Thank you. It seems that I often do it right without knowing why. :-) Until now.

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2018-02-21 21:33 #3 by: jordan

It seems that I was subconsciously aware of the rule, as I have been using it without actually knowing why Laughing It's always good to learn though!

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