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    hyphen

    I have the following title in a paper I'm writing: Sovereign State Analogy.

    Should there be a hyphen between "Sovereign" and "State"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: hyphen

    It's not universally accepted as a hard-and-fast rule, but yes, put it in.


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    Re: hyphen

    No hyphen.

    One dated use of 'sovereign' is:
    "A sovereign remedy for all ills." Notice: no hyphen!

    'sovereign' is merely an adjective that can precede any noun it applies to:
    'a sovereign, democratic republic'

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    Re: hyphen

    The hyphen is needed if you wish to avoid confusion. E.g. "big ticket item" could be read as a "ticket item" (noun) that is big, or as an "item" (noun) that is modified by the compound adjective "big ticket."

    When we use an adjective and a noun as a single concept, and use that concept as a compound adjective for a second noun, it's far clearer with the hyphen.


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    Re: hyphen

    Let's not muddy the waters with uses where the hyphen is invaluable. Let's stick to the issue:

    Is it Communist State, or Communist-State?

    Hmm?

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    Re: hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    Let's not muddy the waters with uses where the hyphen is invaluable. Let's stick to the issue:

    Is it Communist State, or Communist-State?

    Hmm?
    I don't think you're paying attention, David. The former is a noun with an adjective preceding it, the latter an adjective formed therefrom, without its noun: communist-state censorship, for example.

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    Re: hyphen

    I agree the hyphen is needed.

    The compound phrase modifies the noun that follows.

    Get-well wishes, part-time student, employee-ownership culture, etc.
    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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