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 Post subject: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:35 pm 
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Pop quiz.<p>I can't find any information addressing this specific situation, so I turn to the pros.<p>Here's the phrase: "...using resources on- and offline." Is this the appropriate way to write such a thing? I know I could probably rework the sentence to eliminate the need to know in the first place, but now I'm curious.<p>What are your thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:52 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Mike:
Pop quiz.<p>I can't find any information addressing this specific situation, so I turn to the pros.<p>Here's the phrase: "...using resources on- and offline." Is this the appropriate way to write such a thing? I know I could probably rework the sentence to eliminate the need to know in the first place, but now I'm curious.<p>What are your thoughts?<hr></blockquote>I'd allow it, if there wasn't an easy way to rewrite. We've used that type of construction many a time.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:57 pm 
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I'd say the hyphen is necessary to show that "on" is part of "online."<p>I've seen the same with "north- and southbound ramps," etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 4:38 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Nicole Stockdale:
I'd say the hyphen is necessary to show that "on" is part of "online."<p>I've seen the same with "north- and southbound ramps," etc.<hr></blockquote><p>Don't ask me why, but I would probably write "online and off-line," since we don't use a solid "online" but a hyphenated "off-line." I also would probably write "northbound and southbound" because, well, I would.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 4:51 pm 
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But the question is, how would you punctuate what's given? Pretend it's in a quote you have to use.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 5:09 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Nicole Stockdale:
But the question is, how would you punctuate what's given? Pretend it's in a quote you have to use.<hr></blockquote><p>"On- and off-line."


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 5:52 pm 
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You would punctuate it that way, even though AP style calls for no hyphen in "online" or "offline"? ("Offline," by the way, is an admitted exception to the Webster's Dictionary preference.)


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 9:08 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>
You would punctuate it that way, even though AP style calls for no hyphen in "online" or "offline"? ("Offline," by the way, is an admitted exception to the Webster's Dictionary preference.)<hr></blockquote><p>not all publications or individuals are bound to AP style or a particular dictionary.<p>many publications lack rules beyond following AP or a particular dictionary; some don't even specify that much.<p>rules about "online" and "offline" are still all over the place. at this point, consistency within a publication and clarity for the reader's sake are the most important points.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspensive hyphenation
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 9:37 am 
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I'd say it is equivalent to full- and part-time work.


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