Media – Grammar Spotlight on Hyphens
How and why to use hyphens
‘The coroner recorded an accidental death verdict.’
The BBC is not immune to grammatical mistakes. The above sentence means that the coroner accidentally recorded a verdict of death. It should read, ‘The coroner recorded an accidental-death verdict.’. This indicates that the verdict was of accidental death, not that the death verdict was accidental.
The hyphenation of compound adjectives is one of grammar’s more complex areas. Anne Taylor, one of Global Lingo’s expert editors, observes: ‘People seem to struggle because they worry more about what the words should look like, rather than thinking through the logic of the grammar. Hyphens are there to clarify language, not complicate it, and are quite intuitive once you know what you’re doing.’.
Her guidance on how to use hyphens is:
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