“Full-Time” and “Part-Time”

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
 
…He works full-time.
…We were with him only part-time.
 
but not as predicate adjectives.
 
…His job is full time.
…It is only part time.
Happy punctuating!
Margie

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  1. So glad to see this rule! How about “I was full-time during the week” OR “I was full time during the week? I think hyphenated in this example?

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      Dear Nancy,

      I think you are correct. “Full-time” is an adverb here. So it should be hyphenated.

      Have a good day.

      Margie

      1. Hi, Margie! Why would the words be considered a predicate adjective when phrased as “It is only part time” but an adverb as “I was full-time”? I’m struggling to differentiate between the two scenarios.

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          They are both predicate adjectives. Did I say they were different? Just checking.

          Have a good day.

          Margie

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      In this case, “appositive” describes the position of the adjective, that is, an adjective that comes after the word it modifies.

      …Her husband, tall and good looking, is a model for a clothing company.
      …The meal, light but filling, was served buffet style.

      Hope this helps.

      Margie

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