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    Hyphen and word change question (ex: human-rights vs human rights)

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    ...........The field of international politics is, however, dominated by states and other powerful actors (such as multinational corporations) that have priorities other than human rights. It is a leading feature of the human-rights field that the governments of the world (A) proclaim ( argue ) human rights but have a variable record of implementing (B) human-rights. .............

    1. In the paragraph above, (A) proclaim is very natural. What I want to know is whether “argue” can be used instead of ‘proclaim’.

    2. In the paragraph above, you can see “human rights” and “human-rights field”. In “human-rights field”, “is ”human-rights“ adjective or noun?

    3. In (B), what do you think “human-rights? one teacher said that because ”human-rights“ is an adjective, (B) is wrong. He said that it cannot be used as a noun. I think that human-rights have no problem in that place.

    I appreciate your opinions.

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    Re: Hyphen and word change question (ex: human-rights vs human rights)

    Welcome to the forum, wantknower.

    Always tell us the source and author of any text you quote, please.

    EDIT: I see you posted the same thread here.

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    Re: Hyphen and word change question (ex: human-rights vs human rights)

    Quote Originally Posted by wantknower View Post
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    WHAT text?


    ...........The field of international politics is, however, dominated by states and other powerful actors (such as multinational corporations) that have priorities other than human rights.

    There, human is an adjective and rights is a noun.


    It is a leading feature of the human-rights field

    There, human-rights is an adjective and field is a noun. When we create a single adjective out of several words, we usually hyphenate them.
    Welcome, Wantknower!

    One question at a time, please! and ALWAYS tell us the source of quotes.

    Thanks!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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