Why Does “Direct Examination” Not Have a Hyphen?

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen 3 Comments

“Cross-examine” is a verb. As with all words that have a prefix “cross,” the word is hyphenated. The noun that comes from it is also hyphenated. There is no verb “direct examine”; therefore, there is no hyphen in “direct examination.

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  1. Thank you soooooo much. I finally have this one memorized now. Only the verbs get the hyphen. You know how sometimes you have a real block on being able to remember something like the same thing for years? That’s how it was with cross-examine & direct exam for me. No more embarrassment over that one, at least.

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