27 comments on “TO HYPHENATE OR NOT TO HYPHENATE, THAT IS THE QUESTION BY K J ROLLINSON

  1. Pingback: TO HYPHENATE OR NOT TO HYPHENATE, THAT IS THE QUESTION BY K J ROLLINSON | kathyrollinson

  2. Very informative and helpful, but whoever made up such confusing rules wants a kick up the derriere…Oh to complicate the English language, eh!

  3. Thanks, Kathy. I too have typically relied on the osmotic method–whatever knowledge of usage acquired while reading other people’s stuff. Not necessarily the best or most accurate way. 🙂

    • John, I don’t understand when you say you relied on the osmotic method. I looked it online and it gave the definition thus – The osmotic method has been developed by soil scientists in the 1960s.

  4. Hyphens caused the most head scratching while I was editing my book! I found the same rule you quote to be the most helpful, but oh, those exceptions!!!

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