Re: Common grammar question

Subject: Re: Common grammar question
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L list <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:50:54 -0800

Phil provided a good stylistic observation. You would choose to
hyphenate based on whether the words form a compound adjective, or
not.

In Phil's original comparison:

"black-and-white stripes" vs. "stripes of black and white"

There would have to be a specific reason to use "black-and-white" as a
compound adjective in this case. In most cases, the image portrayed is
of an object with alternating (or other pattern) black and white
stripes.

However, in his second:

"black-and-white TV" vs. "TV is black and white"

the words "black-and-white" operate as a single adjective that
describes the type of TV. And even then, only after we were given a
choice of either a "black-and-white" TV or color.

-Tony
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