Re: Common grammar question

Subject: Re: Common grammar question
From: Phil <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L list <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:35:56 +0800

Part of speech error noted, but surely the point remains:

i. She has a black-and-white TV.

but

ii. Her TV is black and white.

Looks inconsistent and semantically confusing to me. I would take ii. to have a different meaning to i.

Phil
On 13 Jan 2011, at 23:09, Combs, Richard wrote:

> 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
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