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    dash or not?

    I see people write "eight petal shaped panels", "eight-petal shaped panels", "eight petal-shaped panels", as well as "eight-petal-shaped panels".
    Why do some of them use dash and some don't?
    Are they all correct?

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    Re: dash or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway
    I see people write "eight petal shaped panels", "eight-petal shaped panels", "eight petal-shaped panels", as well as "eight-petal-shaped panels". Why do some of them use dash and some don't?
    Are they all correct?
    A hyphen is used to join two words that are closely connected.

    1. petal-shaped panels (the shape is that of a petal)
    2. eight-petal shaped panels (the petal has eight parts)
    3. eight-petal-shaped panels (the shape is that of a petal, and the petal has eight parts)

    2. and 3. mean the same thing; The second dash in 3. is not necessary:

    Examples
    1. There are eight panels and they are petal-shaped.
    2. There are eight panels and they are eight-petal shaped.
    3. There are eight panels and they are petal-shaped, and shape of the petal has eight parts.

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    Re: dash or not?

    I got it.

    Thank you!!

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    Re: dash or not?

    You're welcome

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