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WORD MARRIAGE WITHOUT THE ROMANCE

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Rod Thompson

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of WORD MARRIAGE WITHOUT THE ROMANCE

To Hyphenate or not to hyphenate...
If the modifier falls within the noun phrase, it is going to need some linkage. Otherwise, you run the risk of ambiguous interpretation.
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
THAT SENTENCE WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE WITH A HYPHEN.
LET'S DO ONE MORE. JUST FOR FUNSIES!
The man eating plant devoured his prey.
COMPOUND MODIFIERS:
WORD MARRIAGE WITHOUT THE ROMANCE

"Whoop-de-doo! What does it all mean, Basil?"
When two words come together to modify a noun and act as if they were a single word, we have a compound modifier.
Starting to feel like Jack Shephard? Here's an example!
The ill mannered teen harassed a flock of seagulls.
That's pretty impressive. Not only is he normally behaved, but he also did this while he was under the weather.
FIN! Click Next for Photo Credits ...
The ill-mannered teen harassed a flock of seagulls.
SEE? NOW, HE'S JUST A JERK!
HUH?!
Yummy?
WRONG!
The man-eating plant devoured his prey.
YIKES!
BRING IT BACK AROUND, YO!
REMEMBER:
COMPOUND MODIFIERS RUN A HIGH RISK OF MISINTERPRETATION. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE HYPHENS WHEN NEEDED IN ORDER TO MERGE THE WORDS INTO A SINGLE MODIFIER.
Photo Credits:
(In order of appearance)

Handcuffed Hands
http://www.femonite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Marriage_by_Why_Why1.jpg

Sausage Lady
http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/11683008/2/stock-photo-11683008-butcher-with-string-of-sausage-links.jpg

Seagull Face
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1013/1259363290_6a20fd9688.jpg

Nun Shaking Finger
http://maronites.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/nun-wagging-finger2.jpg

Steve Martin as The Jerk
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2010/10/14/1287073484138/Steve-Martin-in-The-Jerk-006.jpg

Man Eating Plant
http://www.odditycentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Li-Sanju-grass2.jpg

Man-Eating Plant
http://www.drurydrama.com/carrying_Audrey_-_small.jpg

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