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Diamond makes many arguments in “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” that are not reasonable or well supported.

Does well supported have a hyphen in it or not? Thanks!

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    Yes. Well-supported needs a hyphen because it's used as an adjective.

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    But isn't well an adverb? Isn't well answering how it is supported? Well.

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    Well is an adverb modifying the adjective supported.

    However, my first advice is wrong. I'm sorry. In this sentence well supported does not need a hyphen.

    A word such as well supported only needs a hyphen when it comes before the noun. A hyphen isn't needed when the adjective comes after the noun it modifies.

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    Are you sure though because it is possible for adjectives to go after the noun.

    There was a blue sky. (blue as an adjective is before sky as a noun)

    The sky is blue. (blue adjective is after sky noun)

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    Ms. Sue is correct. The word "well" in this sentence is an adverb modifying the adjective (participle, actually) "supported" -- no hyphen is needed.


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