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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
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
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.
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