RE: Common grammar question

Subject: RE: Common grammar question
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Phil <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L list <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:09:47 -0800

Phil wrote:
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:52 PM
> To: TECHWR-L list
> Subject: Re: Common grammar question
> I notice that the Apple Publications Style Guide <snip>
> determines hyphens for a compound adjective depending on where it appears
> in the sentence.
> e.g.
> 'black-and-white stripes'
> but
> 'stripes of black and white'
> (i.e. hyphens if the compound adjectival modifier is before the noun and no
> hyphens if it is after).

The second example isn't a compound adjectival modifier. "Of black and white" is a prepositional phrase. You wouldn't write "I gave it to John-and-Mary," would you?

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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