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    Please correct

    Dear all teachers,
    I have found some words on the net. I want to know only whether they are appropriate in use with any sentence.


    1- Properly-formatted script

    2- Illegally-quarried stone

    3- Timely-finished work.

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    Re: Please correct

    Quote Originally Posted by onkar View Post
    Dear all teachers,
    I have found some words on the net. I want to know only whether they are appropriate in use with any sentence.


    1- Properly-formatted script

    2- Illegally-quarried stone

    3- Timely-finished work.
    I wouldn't hyphenate them.

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    Re: Please correct

    Quote Originally Posted by onkar View Post
    Dear all teachers,
    I have found some words on the net. I want to know only whether they are appropriate in use with any sentence.


    1- Properly-formatted script

    2- Illegally-quarried stone

    3- Timely-finished work.
    I agree with bhaisahab that the hyphen is unnecessary. I also have a problem with #3 on the basis that:

    Properly formatted script = a script which has been formatted properly
    Illegally quarried stone = stone which was quarried illegally
    Timely finished work = work which was finished timely X This one doesn't work because the second version of the sentence would be something like "Work which was finished in a timely fashion".

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    Re: Please correct

    Most style guides will tell you not to hyphenate an adverb that ends with -ly. So while you do hyphenate something like "a well-written novel" you don't hyphenate "a poorly written novel." I don't know why. Some things regarding style just are what they are.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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