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    #1

    easily fooled

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He is dealing with an easily fooled public.

    2-I have the recipe for a rapidly made dish.
    3-I have the recipe for a rapidly baked cake.

    Doesn't one need a hyphen between the adverb and the past participle?

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: easily fooled

    I guess "the" should be used instead of "an" before "easily fooled public".
    I usually do not add a hyphen.

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    #3

    Re: easily fooled

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He is dealing with an easily fooled public.

    2-I have the recipe for a rapidly made dish.
    3-I have the recipe for a rapidly baked cake.

    Doesn't one need a hyphen between the adverb and the past participle?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    #1 is fine. I don't find 2 and 3 very natural, though.

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    Re: easily fooled

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-He is dealing with an easily fooled public.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #1 is fine.
    In my dictionaries, "the" is used before "public", why can an indefinite article be used in sentence #1?

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    #5

    Re: easily fooled

    It refers to a section of the public which is easily fooled — not all the public.

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    Re: easily fooled

    Then should "an" be used instead of "the" before "underprivileged public"?

    Why do the moderators sometimes post two identical answers simultaneously?

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    #7

    Re: easily fooled

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Then should "an" be used instead of "the" before "underprivileged public"?
    Yes. The article comes before the vowel 'u'.

    Why do the moderators sometimes post two identical answers simultaneously?
    Occasionally the system produces duplicate posts. It's nothing to do with moderators deliberately doing it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 19-Jan-2014 at 14:44. Reason: mistake corrected

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    Re: easily fooled

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. The article comes before the vowel 'u'.
    The article before the vowel "u" should be "an", why did you say no?

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    #9

    Re: easily fooled

    Sorry. I misread your post. I have now corrected mine.

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    #10

    Re: easily fooled

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He is dealing with an easily fooled public.

    2-I have the recipe for a rapidly made dish.
    3-I have the recipe for a rapidly baked cake.

    Doesn't one need a hyphen between the adverb and the past participle?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    As a rule, we do not hyphenate an adverb ending in -ly and an adjective before a noun.

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