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    Question hyphenated compound word (In-Port)

    Dear usingenglish forums,

    I am currently writing an academic technical paper, and I have need to use the compound word in-port.

    This is in the context of a "ship movements in-port list" meaning here a list of vessels currently alongside or moored in a port.

    To help me use appropriate grammar throughout the paper:

    (1) Should this compound word be hyphenated?
    (2) is this a preposition/noun combination?
    (3) I am even struggling with understanding if in-port is a noun or adjective or other (e.g. "A ships in-port list", " "The ship is in-port")



    Thank you for any help.

    Richard

    (PS - I am in the UK, writing for a UK audience)

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    Re: hyphenated compound word (In-Port)

    If I used "in + port" as an attributive adjective, I would hyphenate it. If I used it as a predicate adjective, I would not.

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    Re: hyphenated compound word (In-Port)

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardG16 View Post
    Dear usingenglish forums,

    I am currently writing an academic technical paper, and I need to use the compound word in-port.

    This is in the context of a "ship movements in-port list" meaning here a list of vessels currently alongside or moored in a port.

    To help me use appropriate grammar throughout the paper:

    (1) Should this compound word be hyphenated? [To use it as an adjective, yes.]
    (2) is this a preposition/noun combination? [Sure.]
    (3) I am even struggling with understanding if in-port is a noun or adjective or other (e.g. "A ships in-port list," " "The ship is in-port")

    As an adjective: A ships-in-port list. Use two hyphens. Your construction is confusing. It looks like you're trying to say A ship's in-port list, which isn't what you mean.

    As a noun: The ship is in port.




    Thank you for any help.

    Richard

    (PS - I am in the UK, writing for a UK audience)
    You're welcome.

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    Re: hyphenated compound word (In-Port)

    Thank you Charlie and Mike for your feedback.

    Charlie - "A ships-in-port list" does sound correct, but is this an adjective? this is why I am slightly hesitant - Is it even possible to have a "list of" adjectives? should a list always be a collection/list of nouns? ( "a list of cars", "a list of countries"). Can you have a collection of adjectives?

    Thank you

    PS - It is quite possible I am over thinking this.
    Last edited by RichardG16; 30-Aug-2014 at 19:18.

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    Re: hyphenated compound word (In-Port)

    It's a compound adjective describing the list.

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