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    compound modifier

    Hi

    Can someone please help me out?

    1. do you say "five-color pond" or "five-colored pond" why?

    2. do you say Padmasambha is also known as Lotus-born or Lotus-Born, why?


    Thanks!

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    Re: compound modifier

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    Hi

    Can someone please help me out?

    1. do you say "five-color pond" or "five-colored pond" why?

    2. do you say Padmasambha is also known as Lotus-born or Lotus-Born, why?


    Thanks!

    curiuosmind
    ***** NOT A TEACHER !!! *****

    Curiousmind,


    (1) I think that most teachers would prefer

    a five-colored pond.

    Why? Well, we are saying: The pond is five colored.

    (-ed changes the word "color" to an adjective)

    We then say: It is a five-colored pond.

    BUT some native speakers do write "five color" because

    maybe they say "five color." It takes more strength to say

    "five-colored."

    If it is possible, try to follow the rule. For example:

    You have a curious mind.

    You are curious-minded.

    You are a curious-minded person.

    Sometimes you will read: X is a medium-size country.

    The rules say: medium-sized. But, as I said, many people

    speak fast and do not want to pronounce "sized" because

    it is easier to say "size." That may be why many people

    nowadays write "medium-size." It is probably better if

    you follow the rule and say/write "sized."

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    Usually the word "born" in a compound is not capitalized:

    The newly born baby was very hungry.

    Foreign-born students do very well in American schools.

    BUT since Padmasambha is a person (am I correct? I am

    just guessing), maybe you would capitalize "Lotus-Born"

    Since it is his name, it would look "funny" with a lower-case

    (small letter) "b." (Only my opinion)

    THANK YOU

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    Re: compound modifier

    Thanks for your very clear explanation on the rules! Now, I know when to use "ed" and when NOT to use it.

    you are right about the "medium-sized." I have only seen "medium-size", but I see why now.

    thanks very much again!!

    curious mind

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