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    hyphens

    I think 'out-of-town applicants' is written with hyphens, and 'extension of time fee' is not. Is this the case?

    I do not see any reason why it should be so. Is there any logic involved here that I am missing?

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    Re: hyphens

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    I think 'out-of-town applicants' is written with hyphens, and 'extension of time fee' is not. Is this the case?

    I do not see any reason why it should be so. Is there any logic involved here that I am missing?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    It probably depends on context, as usual.

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    #3

    Re: hyphens

    It also depends on the user. I would follow that pattern, but others may well not. Hyphens can be a bit random.

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    Re: hyphens

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It also depends on the user. I would follow that pattern, but others may well not. Hyphens can be a bit random.
    That's true, but they should be consistent within the writing of the same person. If one person wrote both phrases, the inconsistency is puzzling.

    (And I would have used them in both.)
    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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    #5

    Re: hyphens

    I'm inconsistent over time- re-opening the thread, I think I would too.

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    #6

    Re: hyphens

    Good point. Same person writing all at once. Not necessarily over time.
    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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