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    hyphenated compound with 3 words

    Hello,

    my question concerns a compound word consisting of three elements: "collective", "action", and "driven". I would like to use it as a modifier in the sentence, and I have no idea, if there should be just one (collective action-driven) or two (collective-action-driven) hyphens.
    Many thanks for your response in advance!

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    Re: hyphenated compound with 3 words

    Welcome to the forum.

    Post the sentence you are having problems with and we can try to help you out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hyphenated compound with 3 words

    "Intergroup contact reduces support for collective-action-driven social change"

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    Re: hyphenated compound with 3 words

    I suggest you change it to "social change driven by collective actions."

    However, I don't know what you mean by that phrase.
    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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    Re: hyphenated compound with 3 words

    I agree with Barb. It looks like you're trying to use the absolute minimum numbers of words possible; and by doing so, you're obscuring the meaning. Do you mean that contact between groups actually reduces the tendency for groups to participate in collective social action for change? I would have thought it would increase it.

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    Re: hyphenated compound with 3 words

    You will see more than three words hyphenated sometimes,but it can make it difficult to read- a hard-to-get-your-head-around sentence. Often a simple reordering can make it easier to get your head around the sentence.

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