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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:27 am    Post subject: to hyphenate or not Reply with quote

Do you hyphenate hit and run when you say , they reported it as a hit and run. I believe if it's before a noun, then you would, but standing alone would you also?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hyphenate as a noun. It was a hit-and-run. Don't hyphenate as verbs: "All they do is hit and run away."

Here is the M-W entry:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-and-run
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think using the same logic I would for a slip-and-fall, I would also hyphenate your example. I think accident is implied. I would say the child is five years old or it was a 5-year-old, child being implied. So I reported it as a hit-and-run, accident being implied.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, I never thought of hyphenating motor-vehicle accident as M-W's has in their example!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't hyphenate that. "Motor vehicle" is a common compound noun which doesn't require a hyphen for clarity.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brenday wrote:
Here is the M-W entry:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-and-run


M-W???? Who died and made them God?
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