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Old 04-15-2006, 12:13 AM   #1
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Hyphenation Hell

Damn those compound words.

There has to be an easy way to figure out what gets a hyphen, right?

I am currently looking up everything in my Merriams but it's so tedious.

Is there a list somewhere?

And how about this as an example.

detail oriented or detail-oriented

THANKS!

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Old 04-15-2006, 12:15 AM   #2
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In that case it looks better without. How's that for scientific? I'm keeping an eye on this one to see if it's a 'by consensus' thing or if anybody knows a rule for this.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:16 AM   #3
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I sorta sprinkle 'em liberally throughout, so I've got something to obsess about later, on rewrite.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:22 AM   #4
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oh dearrrr

Great. So, I'll just keep pretending to know with my clients :-)
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:32 AM   #5
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Here's a rule I was taught to go by (but I don't know if it's 100% right or not!):

If it is immediately before the noun it describes, use the hyphen:

He is a detail-oriented person.

If it is not immediately before a noun that it describes, don't use it:

He is detail oriented.

And, like I said, I could be wrong.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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You really need to know the basis for hyphenation if it's part of a service to clients.

For compounds consisting of a noun and a participle, the current practice in the U.S. is to hyphenate before the noun (i.e., use of the compound as an attributive adjective) and not after the noun (use as a predicative adjective). A detail-oriented analysis. The training was detail oriented.

I prefer hyphens in both situations, and I'm not sure all style books say to leave them out in the latter one.

If a compound is in quotes and nothing else is in the quotes, don't hyphenate. The quote marks set the compound off as a unit. Dr. Smith described the new training program as "detail oriented" and added that trainees had homework assignments every week.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:46 AM   #7
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yes just that...

The above info is what I thought but there seems to be so much inconsistency.
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