Any Writers here?

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

  1. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    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 ;)

  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    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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