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    new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    Hello everyone,

    I'd like to know the correct spelling of this word, as I have seen the three of them, and if there is any difference between them.

    Many thanks for your help

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    #2

    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    Pick a dictionary you like and use it consistently. One may use a hyphen, one may not - just be consistent.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/newcomer
    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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    #3

    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    When a single-word compound noun is being formed it often goes through stages: 2 words, hyphenated words, one word.

    In my experience, the word "newcomer" is usually one word at this point.

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    #4

    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    All the dictionaries here list 'newcomer' as a single word – even the 1913 edition of Webster.

    (Click on the underlined link and bookmark that site for future reference.)

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    #5

    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    Thank you all for your answers and useful links ;)

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    #6

    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    If you type in "new-comer" there you get one hit -- Wordknik.

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    Re: new-comer/new comer/newcomer

    Lecword, there is no need to write a new post to say "Thanks". There is a "Thank" button on every post. Simply click on that button on any post you find helpful. That saves us coming to a thread which has a new post, only to find that it contains no new content.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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