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    I was wondering...Why is there some compound nous with hiphen and others without? ....I really need to know, because I was asked this question, and I didnīt know the answer...I apreciate it if you could answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellayne
    I was wondering...Why is there some compound nous with hiphen and others without? ....I really need to know, because I was asked this question, and I didnīt know the answer...I apreciate it if you could answer.

    You can do some reading on compound nouns here: http://www.answers.com/topic/english...pound&hl=nouns

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    A lot has to do with how old the compound is and how common. The general process is to start as two words, get a hyphen when they are an established pairing and fuse when they become standard.

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