we focused on
include a hyphen with compound adjectives. As you might
recall, a compound adjective is a group of two or more words
that act as a single adjective. For example, the noun phrase
the three-legged dog includes a compound adjective:
the compound three-legged acts as a single adjective
modifying the noun dog.
we’ll take a look at some instances when we want to say
No to hyphenating compound adjectives.
all of the examples below, the compound adjectives are
underlined and the nouns in which they modify are
ly-ending adverb + adjective
Choosing a candidate for the position will be a hard
decision for the interviewing committee because of the large
number of highly qualified applicants.
placed before the noun it describes, the compound adjective
highly qualified does not require a hyphen because
the first word in the compound, highly, is an adverb
that ends with ly.
second part of the compound adjective is a numeral or
evening news said a category 3 hurricane was
approaching the east coast.
a numeral appears as the first part of a compound
adjective, then a hyphen is required. (EX: The price of
oil per barrel is now at a six-year high.)