Hyphenating Adjectives

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen Leave a Comment

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 plans are long range.

…I have a full-time job.

…My job is full time.
Happy punctuating!

Margie

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