Prefixes and Suffixes Index
Hyphenating Words :
a high-quality performance
What is the rule for Hyphenating Words?
Compound adjectives are usually hyphenated. So we have :
a ten-dollar note
a blue-eyed boy
With multiple compounds, it is usually the first two adjectives or the most adjective-like that are hyphenated. So we have :
a deep-seated gravitational slope
a high-quality virtuoso performance
Note also the pattern :
part- and full-time jobs
high- and low-tide phenomena
However, if adjectives are placed after the verb, they are usually not hyphenated. Compare
an out-of-work actor
an up-to-date account
He was out of work.
She was up to date.
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