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The truth about hyphens...
September 8, 2013
1:53 pm

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@Forgewright recently questioned my hyphen usage... so here ya go, nice article on how to determine when to use hyphens with compound adjectives.


Based on the article, I think I can now cut back on my usage a bit. Thanks Forge!

Wine is bottled poetry. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
September 8, 2013
4:03 pm

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I almost never use them. That's because I didn't know  anything about them. It is strange that I researched them the day before I read your story. The articles I read talked only about Adverb-adjective compounds, leading me to believe that was their only use. Are there others? I'll jump through the link you provided and see what's up. 

Read it. Most adverbs end in (ly) and they all describe verbs unless made into a compound with an adjective that describes a noun. Only nouns? can they describe a verb as well?

If you don't use the hyphen it will cause a change in the meaning of the sentence.

I liked your article's example:

A heavy-metal detector.... Simple enough; a detector used to find metals that fall into the scientific category of "heavy".

Then there's:

A heavy metal detector.... Here the metal detector weighs a lot.

Both are correct but mean different things. I only posted this to show how I understand the use of hyphens. It is a basic understanding and if I am wrong about something let me know. 

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September 8, 2013
4:22 pm

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I agree Forge... I think what I got most from the article is that I tend to write UK style. So to put a little more faith in my readers, I eliminated any hyphens that don't cause confusion when they are not there. Also, I sent you my latest revision of the hyphen-heavy piece :) .

Wine is bottled poetry. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
September 9, 2013
10:50 am

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A word is a word is a word....................... hyphen or not sometimes the written word will be misunderstood. Even though every word in the English language has clear and precise definition what we think of and present as writers will no doubt be taken out of context by someone reading our work.............keep your styles................it's what separates us and defines who we are in this little pond of literacy............I've gotten to know both of you as writers and enjoy reading both styles of writing for the differences not always obvious but known......... @tlhopkinson  you have probably the most diverse writing skills on the planet. Your ability to switch genres and drift through subject matter is amazing. @Forgewright though you consider yourself to be a comedian, you have written some of the finest, thought provoking poetry I have ever laid eyes on. Not to mention the articles you write showcase excellent technical skills. Keep the hyphens..............loose the hyphens...........write your pen and be you.

Semper Fi

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