posted by Mia on .
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!
Yes. Well-supported needs a hyphen because it's used as an adjective.
But isn't well an adverb? Isn't well answering how it is supported? Well.
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)
Ms. Sue is correct. The word "well" in this sentence is an adverb modifying the adjective (participle, actually) "supported" -- no hyphen is needed.