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    Hyphen for compound adjective

    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentences are correct?


    Sentence1:
    I am a fast learning and self motivated person.
    Sentence2:
    I am a fast-learning and self-motivated person.

    Sentence3:
    I am fast learning and self motivated.
    Sentence4:
    I am fast-learning and self-motivated.

    Sentence5:
    I have good team working and problem solving skills.
    Sentence6:
    I have good team-working and problem-solving skills.




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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Question:
    Which sentences are correct?

    Sentence1:
    I am a fast learning and self motivated person.
    Sentence2:
    I am a fast-learning and self-motivated person.

    Sentence3:
    I am fast learning and self motivated.
    Sentence4:
    I am fast-learning and self-motivated.

    Sentence5:
    I have good team working and problem solving skills.
    Sentence6:
    I have good team-working and problem-solving skills.
    These are easy:
    Sentence2: I am a fast-learning and self-motivated person.
    Sentence4: I am fast-learning and self-motivated.

    The last one is difficult because teamwork is usually written as a noun without a hyphen, and I've never heard it used in adjective form (although anything is possible!). I would probably rewrite to say:

    Sentence6: I have good skills in problem-solving and teamwork.

    I'm interested to see what others have to say.

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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    These are easy:
    Sentence2: I am a fast-learning and self-motivated person.
    Sentence4: I am fast-learning and self-motivated.

    The last one is difficult because teamwork is usually written as a noun without a hyphen, and I've never heard it used in adjective form (although anything is possible!). I would probably rewrite to say:

    Sentence6: I have good skills in problem-solving and teamwork.

    I'm interested to see what others have to say.
    I don't like sentence 2 ('I am a ... person') - sentence 4 instead

    And a space, not a hyphen, in 'problem solving':
    Problem solving - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Actually, I'd probably be more likely to say:

    'I have excellent problem-solving and teamwork skills.'

    Note preference for hyphen here since it is used adjectivally.

    Also note 'excellent' - I wouldn't say 'good', especially if applying for a job, because if I was only 'good' at these skills, it wouldn't be worth mentioning. I'd want to stand out, even if that meant overstating my skills a bit.

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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    And a space, not a hyphen, in 'problem solving':
    Problem solving - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    'I have excellent problem-solving and teamwork skills.'

    Note preference for hyphen here since it is used adjectivally.
    Yes, I forgot to remove the hyphen when I switched the sentence around to make it a noun.
    (FYI, in our district students are discouraged from using Wikipedia as an authoritative source, due to its changeable wiki nature...)

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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    Yes, I forgot to remove the hyphen when I switched the sentence around to make it a noun.
    (FYI, in our district students are discouraged from using Wikipedia as an authoritative source, due to its changeable wiki nature...)
    Wiki ain't the Word but it's conveniently located on page 1 of just about every google search!

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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Hi,

    If I write "problem solving skills", will people misread as

    "problem solving-skills." ????



    in this case, it is misread as

    adjective = problem
    noun = solving skills


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    Re: Hyphen for compound adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    If I write "problem solving skills", will people misread as

    "problem solving-skills." ????



    in this case, it is misread as

    adjective = problem
    noun = solving skills


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    No, they wouldn't. Either, or is in fact OK in my opinion since it is not ambiguous. It's more when you use an [adjective-noun]/[adjective-adjective] as an adjectival compound that I think - but don't quote me since I haven't considered this in depth yet - you'd be likely to use a hyphen to be clear which adjective/noun the adjective is defining, but even here, if there's no ambiguity the hyphen is usually optional. Consider:

    long-term loan v long term loan - ever heard of a 'term loan'? Not me - either, or

    part-time job v part time job - ever heard of a 'time job'? Not me - either, or

    There might be a preference for a hyphen but what I'm saying is it is generally not obligatory if the sense is clear. However, I'm afraid of oversimplifying because hyphen use with compound adjectives is not a straightforward matter - there are, for example, cases where a hyphen is always used even if the sense is clear, often partly as a matter of convention. I'll come back to this later because I'm in a rush right now. In the meantime, I'll leave it to others to expand on or clarify, or indeed correct, what I have written.

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