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    Hyphen

    "Unless otherwise agreed upon, a malfunction-repair time of a maximum of 15 business days applies for silver maintenance contracts."

    I'm wondering if there should be a hyphen between "silver" and "maintenance."

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    #2

    Re: Hyphen

    If 'silver' is a standard of maintenance, inferior to 'gold maintenance' but better than 'bronze maintenance', then no.

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    #3

    Re: Hyphen

    If it's actually the name of the maintenance contract/policy, it would probably also be "Silver".

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    #4

    Re: Hyphen

    Another question: is "upon" necessary? I think that leaving it out wouldn't in any way affect the meaning of the sentence.

    What do you think?

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    #5

    Re: Hyphen

    I agree with you. The "upon" doesn't make any difference to my ear.
    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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    #6

    Re: Hyphen

    Same here. I think the writer was tring to sound more formal, and as so often ended up sounding pretentious and/or logorrhoeic.

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Same here. I think the writer was tring to sound more formal, and as so often ended up sounding pretentious and/or logorrhoeic.

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    Well, that sent me off to the dictionary! I think I've just diagnosed one of my old work colleagues!

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