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    hypenated words

    I am using the term, white, middle class American in my paper. Should middle class be hyphenated?

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    Re: hypenated words

    I have seen middle class(noun) and middle-class (adj).
    In my opinion, middle-class American is the correct form.

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    Re: hypenated words

    No hyphen

    middle class
    working class

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    Re: hypenated words

    so, when do we use hyphenated words?

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    Re: hypenated words

    We use hyphens to avoid ambiguity. Since there is no chance that "class American" can be understood as a single unit of meaning, we know that class and middle go together. A long lost friend is a tall friend who cannot be found. A long-lost friend is someone you miss dearly and has been gone a long time.

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