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    ZINNN is offline Newbie
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    Default Hand numbered OR hand-numbered OR handnumbered ?

    Hello everyone.

    I'm a contributor to Discogs.com website which is the biggest online music database. Frequently, while editing different albums submissions I come across different ways of writing HAND-DONE.

    Some people tend to write it all together:

    Handpainted
    Handwritten
    Handstenciled

    Others prefer to put hypnen in between both words:

    Hand-painted
    Hand-written
    Hand-stenciled

    And others write both words separately:

    Hand painted
    Hand written
    Hand stenciled

    Which form is the proper one ??

    Thanks in advance for all your help!
    Last edited by ZINNN; 05-Mar-2011 at 19:23. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Hand numbered OR hand-numbered OR handnumbered ?

    Trouble is there are no rules. Look it up in a proper dictionary!

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    Default Re: Hand numbered OR hand-numbered OR handnumbered ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZINNN View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I'm a contributor to Discogs.com website which is the biggest online music database. Frequently, while editing different albums submissions I come across different ways of writing HAND-DONE.

    Some people tend to write it all together:

    Handpainted
    Handwritten
    Handstenciled

    Others prefer to put hypnen in between both words:

    Hand-painted
    Hand-written
    Hand-stenciled

    And others write both words separately:

    Hand painted
    Hand written
    Hand stenciled

    Which form is the proper one ??

    Thanks in advance for all your help!
    I am not a teacher.

    Some such words are established as single words---"handwritten" is one. Other than that, Americans tend to make one word, and Brits tend to use hyphens, as a general rule, but there is no reliable way to tell which is right without looking at a dictionary. This American would leave the other two separate.

    If the term is not everyday, like "hand stenciled", it will follow the rules for two-word adjectives: hyphenate when it comes first and not when it follows. A hand-stenciled sign has been hand stenciled (but a handwritten note has been handwritten).

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    ZINNN is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: Hand numbered OR hand-numbered OR handnumbered ?

    example:

    "Limited to 50 hand-painted and hand-numbered copies.

    Released in hand-stenciled, hand-painted and hand-numbered CD sleeve."

    is this correct ?

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    Default Re: Hand numbered OR hand-numbered OR handnumbered ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZINNN View Post
    example:

    "Limited to 50 hand-painted and hand-numbered copies.

    Released in hand-stenciled, hand-painted and hand-numbered CD sleeve."

    is this correct ?
    I am not a teacher.

    The first one is good. The second needs something; I guess, "Released in a hand-stenciled, hand-painted and hand-numbered CD sleeve."

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