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    a soon-to-be-appointed high-level group

    I know the rule that infinitive phrase modify a noun from the behind.
    But it seems that sometimes they modify a noun from the front as stated below, using hyphens.
    [infinitive phrase]
    1. a high-level group soon to be appointed
    2. a soon-to-be-appointed high-level group
    When do we use 2. ?
    What is the difference between 1. and 2. ?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a soon-to-be-appointed high-level group

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshihiro_1 View Post
    I know the rule that infinitive phrase modify a noun from the behind.
    But it seems that sometimes they modify a noun from the front as stated below, using hyphens.
    [infinitive phrase]
    1. a high-level group soon to be appointed
    2. a soon-to-be-appointed high-level group
    When do we use 2. ?
    What is the difference between 1. and 2. ?
    Thank you in advance.
    Here is my freshly-thought-out and yet-to-be-independently-validated answer:
    There's no difference in meaning. It's a purely stylistic choice which we use when it takes our fancy.

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