Full-time or full time, part-time or part time?

Having a debate here over how to form the description of employment.

A) Bob works full time on the project.

B) Bob works full-time on the project.

The same applies for part time/part-time.

Which is (more) correct?


It might depend where your ‘here’ is:


for the entire time appropriate to an activity

a full-time job; a full-time student

adv: full time: on a full-time basis:

he works full time

Compare part-time; full-timer n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991 . . .2003


adj.: working or operating the customary number of hours in each day, week, or month. Compare part-time.

adv. : on a full-time basis. [1895–1900]

[Bob works full-time]

full′-tim′er, n. Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary . . .

[quotes tidied slightly & augmented but not significantly changed]

You have to check individual acceptable styles individually (so Lumberjack’s reference, while interesting and accurate, may not help here) and be prepared for different ‘rulings’ from different authorities.

Incidentally, the above two dictionaries are consistent in their treatment of part-time / part time. AHD doesn’t include the adverb polyseme.

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