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    hyphens in lists

    In the following: 'casement-,cornice-, and plinth profiles' these are all profiles, but do the first two require the hyphen. For me it is obvious that they are profiles, and the hyphens are superfluous, but what is the grammar behind this?
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    Re: hyphens in lists

    It's wrong. It would only be right if the words were "casement-profile, cornice-profile, and plinth-profile". But then the final word would need to be "plinth-profile". I'm not an architect, but I don't think these words are hyphenated - so there is no place for any hyphens.
    You want "casement, cornice, and plinth profiles" (probably). Try to write complete sentences. Sometimes it matters.
    "I have a Siamese, a Burmese, and a Tonkinese cat." In your case, it's impossible to say whether the zero article is right.

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    Re: hyphens in lists

    Those terms are not hyphenated. They are different uses for moldings, not descriptive of shapes or profiles.

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    Re: hyphens in lists

    Thanks for this.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Oct-2015 at 11:57. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: hyphens in lists

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you" or to quote our replies back to us. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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    Re: hyphens in lists

    However, the "suspended hyphen" is a useful thing to know about.
    Like:
    Today we learned how to treat first- and second-degree burns.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 24-Oct-2015 at 03:00.
    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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