If I used "in + port" as an attributive adjective, I would hyphenate it. If I used it as a predicate adjective, I would not.
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.
(PS - I am in the UK, writing for a UK audience)
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?
PS - It is quite possible I am over thinking this.
Last edited by RichardG16; 30-Aug-2014 at 19:18.
It's a compound adjective describing the list.