A question pertaining to using a hyphen

Is there a need to put a hyphen between the words super and happy in the sentence given below? If there is no need to put a hyphen then what could be the explanation? He is super-happy. Answer No need for a hyphen there. Hyphens can be used when two adjectives are combined to form … Read more

Using a hyphen in double figures

The toy is forty-two dollars. or The toy is forty two dollars. Do I always need to put a hyphen in double figures? Is there any rule regulating that? Answer “Need” and “Rule” doesn’t really apply to a natural language. There’s no law. Native speakers sometimes hyphenate and sometimes don’t. As a learner, you should … Read more

Hyphenating Phrasal Verbs

I understand that phrasal verbs should only be hyphenated when used as nouns or adjectives; however, I often use the hyphen to avoid confusion with propositional phrases, for example: dirt has built-up under my nails When I am reading or writing I find that “built up under” is a little confusing. Thoughts? Answer A quick … Read more

Why compound modifiers are not usually hyphenated when they come after the noun?

A lot of grammar references suggest that you hyphenate compound modifiers if they come before the noun but not after the noun. Here’s an example: The apartment is off campus. VS That is an off-campus apartment. One of the references that I saw, https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/are-you-using-hyphens-correctly, states this: Ages are like every other compound modifier that way: … Read more