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    Good morning,
    I am writing some college entrance essays and wasn't sure if I should write "out of the box" or "out-of-the-box". Similarly, is it trial and error or trial-and-error.

    I wrote trial and error and out of the box but an old friend who reviewed my essays suggested the alternatives with hyphens.

    Thanks in advance.
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    'His thinking was out of the box'. 'He was well-known for his out-of-the-box thinking.'

    Use the hyphens when the phrase is used adjectivally before the noun.

    'Trial and error' is never hyphenated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'His thinking was out of the box'. 'He was well-known for his out-of-the-box thinking.'

    Use the hyphens when the phrase is used adjectivally before the noun.

    'Trial and error' is never hyphenated.

    Rover

    Thank you!

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    Your thanks are appreciated, but instead of sending them in a separate message and quoting our replies back to us, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

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