Re: Phrasal adjective hyphenation

Subject: Re: Phrasal adjective hyphenation
From: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: kafkascampi <kafkascampi -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:41:28 -0500

Is there more than one kind of product traceability? Like, is there
Across-the-product traceability and also just-some-part-of-product
traceability? If not, the heading should be nothing but "Traceability". No
need to waste keystrokes to add a specification that isn't necessary.

On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 4:39 PM, kafkascampi <kafkascampi -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> I was reviewing a datasheet that had the following heading:
>
> Across the Product Traceability
>
> I argued that it should be Across-the-Product Traceability for ease of
> reading and because it is a compound/phrasal adjective. If you don't
> hyphenate it, it appears as Across the [Product Traceability] as
> opposed to [Across the Product] Traceability.
>
> And if it appeared after the noun, one would not hyphenate it, thus
> "Traceability Across the Product". I think that is actually the best
> answer.
>
> What say you, grammarians?
>
> Chris
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