In “type of guy” constructions, do you use hyphens or not? For example [duplicate]

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To hyphenate or not?

“Did you see this silly poll? It says that if I were a superhero, I would be Captain America.”

“Really? I don’t know; I see you as more of a Thor-kind-of-guy.”

Or should that be, “I see you as more of a Thor kind-of-guy?

Or simply, “I see you as more of a Thor kind of guy”?
Which form is best?

Answer

Generally, the correct usage of Hyphens would be with “kind-of-guy” as the preceding noun is variable and not produced as part of the phrase due to its tendency to change depending on context and it forms a phrase that emphasizes the expression where one word for it was not available, e.g. bride-to-be, operation-in-waiting.

An alternative could be “Thor-like” but here the phrasing is being done with conjunction of the noun as that is the correct usage due to a comparison, e.g. Dog-like, cat-like, etc.

However, in common usage, the last sentence is also acceptable. It just changes the effect that you have when a person reads that sentence depending on the scenario.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Felix , Answer Author : VarunAgrawal

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