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    Compound modifiers

    We know that adjective-noun modifiers are usually hyphenated to avoid any possible confusion..

    But I have read that noun-noun modifiers, such as in: department store manager, are not hyphenated because no such confusion is possible..

    I don't understand how noun-noun modifiers can't be confused.. check the following :

    Data Access Security.

    I mean how can you tell whether Data describes "Access" - (Data-Access), and hence, the two words are a compound. Or the words "Access" and "Security" are a compound - ( Access-Security ), and hence, the word Data is describing Access-Security ?
    Last edited by ahmadizat; 10-Apr-2007 at 11:42.

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    Re: Compound modifiers

    If 'data' were modifying the other two, the word order would be different: Access Security Data.

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