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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Sakmeht, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chirping

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    Hello all,

    I'm writing an article about egg-eating behavior in backyard flocks and am needing some help with hyphen usage. For example, I believe I correctly hyphenated "egg-eating" in the sentence I just wrote, right?

    But what about these:

    Egg Eating in the Backyard Flock (my title)

    ...have discovered what you believe to be egg eating in your flock

    Egg eating is a learned behavior and...

    ...different ways to break the egg-eating habit.

    I'm feeling more and more like the first three should be hyphenated. What do you think?

    Thanks for any help - I know this isn't a writing forum ;)

    Sarita
     

  2. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

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    Usually you use hyphens with phrases like "twenty-one-year-old" because its just one thing. Since egg eating isn't really a word (more of a description) I don't think it matters whether you use the hyphen or not.
     

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