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There are some hyphenation questions that fall into a “gray” area. This is the method I would try when you are in doubt — or maybe when you just want to figure it out. …sunny breakfast room First, it is a room. Then, it is a breakfast room. Last, it is a breakfast room that is sunny. If this works, …

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When a prefix goes with both words in a hyphenated combination, do not add the prefix and make it solid word. Hyphenate the prefix. …In your opinion, are the non-work-related conditions also disabling to Jane? When a prefix goes with a compound that is separate words, do not add the prefix to make a solid word. Hyphenate the prefix. …Please run down …

“Full-Time” and “Part-Time”

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These two words are hyphenated in the dictionary as adjectives and adverbs. However, as we know, the adjective form in the dictionary is the direct adjective form, i.e., the form right in front of the noun. Predicate and appositive adjectives are not hyphenated. So they are hyphenated as direct adjectives   …full-time job …part-time position   and as adverbs   …

Adding the Suffix “-wise”

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The rule for adding suffixes is to add them directly to the word to form a solid word. The suffix –wise normally follows this rule. …We placed it lengthwise along the edge. …Otherwise, he will not be able to complete it. This suffix, however, gets added to some words where it was never intended: punctuationwise, doctorwise. How do these words …

Hyphenating Adjectives

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Remember that the dictionary does not make a distinction for adjectives in regard to hyphenating. The dictionary gives the “direct adjective,” right in front of the noun, form only. So if you look up “long-range,” it is shown as hyphenated. This does not take into account that the RULE says that a predicate adjective is not hyphenated. …I have long-range plans. …My …

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Remember that hyphenating words in front of a noun is done to indicate those words form a unit. …long-range plans… …old-fashioned ideas… …five-month-old baby… When the words are already considered to be a unit, no hyphen is required. This occurs with multiple-word compound nouns. …real estate transaction… …social security payments… …high school diploma… One trick for hyphens is to test whether the …

The Prefix “Co-“

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The rule is to add the prefix to the front of the word and make a solid word. The prefix “co-” has generally been an exception to this rule and has been hyphenated. I would say that it is “in transition.” That is, it is generally moving toward being made a solid word in many instances. The problem, as I …