Posted by MARIE on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:41pm.
I have a question about compounds...
I think I illustrate it to you best with an example:
in "an off-campus apartment"
off-campus is written with a hyphen
BUT in "The apartment is off campus" we wirte it without an campus.
why is it that way?
I read that in 99% of all cases we use the hyphen when the adjectiv compound is before the noun. Is there a rule how to handle it when the compound is behind the noun?
I hope someone can help me :)
english - Ms. Sue, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:55pm
If the phrase comes after the noun, it is not hyphenated.
english - Ms. Sue, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:57pm
Check a dictionary to be sure.
english - MARIE, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 4:43pm
I saw this page, too but wasn't sure wether it is a always the case that it isen't hypaneted.
Dict.leocsaid that there are some cases where it is written with hyphen... Tbe explanation said something like if it is commen to write the word with hyphencit is writtencwoth one after the noun, too. But I wasn't sure about this explanation... can you say something about that?
english - Ms. Sue, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 4:46pm
Yes. If in doubt, look it up in the dictionary. It should tell you whether a word is always hyphenated or not.
One example is T-bone steak. It's always hyphenated.
english - MARIE, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 4:47pm
can you built a sentence where t-none stands after the noun?
english - Ms. Sue, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:03pm
I can't think of any.
english - MARIE, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:10pm
can you think of any other compound behind a noun that is written with a hyphen?
english - Writeacher, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:41pm
On this webpage, scroll down to the sections called
Compounds with Prefixes
Let us know if you have questions.
english - MARIE, Friday, July 4, 2014 at 2:55pm
I still can`t think of a adjective compound that stands behind the noun... Is it possible that somethink like this exisct? because adjectives give nearer information to nouns and therefor they stand before them, or?
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