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Old 09-10-2006, 04:15 AM   #1
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Question More Hyphens: use with colors

I read a rule somewhere that you should NOT use a hyphen when describing colors--pinkish purple, for example.

What about these?
red-orange?
coal-black
intense orange?

Have I hyphenated them properly?
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Words used as a SINGLE adjective before a noun are hyphenated - BUT - when these compound adjectives follow the noun they usually are not hypenated.

In your example, I think all three of them are correct if they are preceding a noun. (But wouldn't necessarily be - The sunset was red orange. - would not be hypenated from the rule above.) In your third example (intense orange) intense is not part of the adjective, it's an adverb modifying orange.

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