Talk:Compound modifier

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"According to modern writing guides, compound modifiers require a hyphen between each word ..." That isn't very consistent with the Compound modifier#Exceptions paragraph, which lists modern writing guides that don't have that requirement, and situations where that requirement doesn't apply at all. Art LaPella (talk) 15:27, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

I just added a "generally" and a note to see the exceptions. Gmalivuk (talk) 15:00, 18 June 2009 (UTC)


Thank you. Art LaPella (talk) 20:13, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Editing is finished, now I have some questions[edit]

I have done what I can to improve this article, but it still needs a little bit more attention from others, in my judgement.

In the context, was I correct in stating that "Grammatically, there is no difference between hot metal and white-hot metal"? Do you think that this line should be rephrased?

Can anyone provide information on compound modifiers with more layers – something along the lines of the following...?

<compound modifier one>–<compound modifier two> <noun phrase>

I mean the type which require en dashes to distinguish layers.

X<hyphen>Y<en dash>A<hyphen>B

Hopefully someone understands this.

And finally, of no real importance, why are titles and subtitles given in sentence case on Wikipedia? Page titles I understand, but subtitles seem more arguable. I couldn't really find a reason on the Manual of Style. ―Sakrotac (talk) 23:55, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

On my sentence case edit, I won't argue whether the Manual of Style is "correct", but my edit summary links to Wikipedia:Manual of Style (capital letters)#Section headings. Does that answer your question? Art LaPella (talk) 02:24, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Combine Exceptions Sections[edit]

It doesn't make sense to have two. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:53, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Is a compound one word, or is it one or more words?[edit]

The lead says: "A compound modifier (also called a compound adjective, phrasal adjective, or adjectival phrase) is a compound of two or more attributive words", with "compound" linking to the article English compound that states: "A compound is a word composed of more than one free morpheme." That's obviously contradictory. Either a compound is one or more words, or it's one word; it can't be both. Unless there are two distinct meanings of "compound" in linguistics, in which case that should be carefully explained and the two different meanings precisely distinguished between. --Jhertel (talk) 13:05, 17 March 2018 (UTC)