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Another great post from Daily Writing Tips explaining when to use hyphens. I know I learned something.
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5 Sentences Requiring Hyphenated Phrasal Adjectives
When two or more words team up to describe something, they’re usually hyphenated to make their symbiotic relationship clear. Each of the following sentences contains a phrasal adjective that should be linked with one or more hyphens; each example is followed by a brief discussion and a revision.
1. Their affair wasn’t exactly the best kept secret.
This sentence refers to a secret that is the best kept, not a kept secret that is better than any other, so link the phrasal adjective together: “Their affair wasn’t exactly the best-kept secret.”
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