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    Thumbs down Hyphens or not?

    Which one is correct: race track or race-track?
    race horse or race-horse?
    I know that when a word is used as an adjective, the "-" will always appear but in many other case the word is a noun and in some dictionaries the "-" appears and in some others it doeesn't! I do not understand.

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    Re: Hyphens or not?

    When functioning as a compound noun, the general process is to start as two words, then, as they become more associated, they get a hyphen, and can finally merge into a single word. This means that there is often some uncertainty about the word- I have seen 'racetrack' used. In this case, I think you could use any of the forms and be correct. After all, if dictionaries don't agree, there isn't much consensus on the issue.

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    Re: Hyphens or not?

    Thank you

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