Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Watch that hyphenation!

Fall 2006 WSU Rim Rats


You're right on most of the hyphenation issues, but not one: You don't hyphenate after very or an adverb ending in -ly/. Hence, curly haired girl is correct, not curly-haired girl. However, you can eliminate the word "very" in almost cases. An exception might be: "That curly haired girl is very pregnant." Maybe I misspoke. Girls shouldn't be pregnant — that's for women, isn't it?


Blogger Dan Close said...

Very is OK in a direct quote, but otherwise I think that it should be banished. I don't think you should use "She is very pregnant." Very is not a good descriptive word. You are either pregnant or you are not. Instead, describe her state of pregnancy. "She is nine months pregnant" or "She is so pregnant it looks like she's got two beach balls inside her body."

10/26/2006 9:48 AM  

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