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    hyphenating words

    Can someone help.

    Sometimes, we don't have a word that necessarily says what we mean, so we connect words with a hyphen to get one meaning. So for example:
    "I have truck-shaped cake"

    Some my questions is, if two words are hyphenated, that isn't considered one word is it? From my understanding, it is still two words, just working together to form a common meaning. Right? Thanks for the help

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    Re: hyphenating words

    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    but I think like in French, we must consider the new word like one word.

    Example: pencil-case.

    We have the same thing in French language, two words connected by an hyphen, and we consider it like one word. Sometimes with the time, at the beginning we had the hyphen and with the evolution of language the hyphen has disappeared.

    I think it's the same in your own writting system.

    Have a nice day from France, see soon on the site.

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    Re: hyphenating words

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    Can someone help.

    Sometimes, we don't have a word that necessarily says what we mean, so we connect words with a hyphen to get one meaning. So for example:
    "I have truck-shaped cake"

    Some my questions is, if two words are hyphenated, that isn't considered one word is it? From my understanding, it is still two words, just working together to form a common meaning. Right? Thanks for the help
    In your example, by hyphenating "truck-shaped" you have created an adjective to describe "cake", so in that sense you have made it into one word.

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