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sfyn2it

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Good morning,
I am writing some college entrance essays and wasn't sure if I should write "out of the box" or "out-of-the-box". Similarly, is it trial and error or trial-and-error.

I wrote trial and error and out of the box but an old friend who reviewed my essays suggested the alternatives with hyphens.

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'His thinking was out of the box'. 'He was well-known for his out-of-the-box thinking.'

Use the hyphens when the phrase is used adjectivally before the noun.

'Trial and error' is never hyphenated.

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'His thinking was out of the box'. 'He was well-known for his out-of-the-box thinking.'

Use the hyphens when the phrase is used adjectivally before the noun.

'Trial and error' is never hyphenated.

Rover


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