Re: hyphens in verbs, verbals, adjectives, and nouns

Subject: Re: hyphens in verbs, verbals, adjectives, and nouns
From: "Matthew B. Hicks" <matt -at- UNIDATA -dot- UCAR -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 15:50:02 -0600

On Thu, 25 May 1995, LaVonna Funkhouser wrote:

> Techwr-lers,
> I would like your opinion. Does a hyphen in a compound word
> help clarity when the word is used as a verb or verbal?

> Situation: A "leak test" is commonly performed on
> manifolding. Does the compound word need to be hyphenated
> in these cases?

> 1. Adjective: leak-test procedure, leak-test area

> 2. Verb: Leak-test the liquid phase manifolding first.

> 3. Gerund: Leak-testing finds points in the manifolding
> that may leak during the job.

> 4. Noun: "During the leak-test, watch for pressure changes."

I would remove the hyphens in all but the adjectival form of the term.
When "leak" serves as an adverb or adjective, as it does in 2-4, there is
no reason to place a hyphen between the two words.

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