Hyphenated and Joined Suffixes

We’ve covered joined and hyphenated prefixes in the past two weeks, so today we’ll cover joined and hyphenated suffixes, which come at the end of the word rather than the beginning. Here’s a handy-dandy table:

Suffix: Type: Examples:
-based Hyphenated oil-based mud, water-based mud
-free Hyphenated oil-free, sugar-free, fat-free, gluten-free
–drive Joined steamdrive, waterdrive, overdrive
–fold Joined twofold, threefold, fourfold, tenfold
–wide Joined nationwide, fieldwide, companywide, worldwide
–wise Joined crosswise, otherwise, lengthwise, clockwise

Spotted a typo this week that cracked me up. On one of the cupboard doors in the company kitchenette there was a white, printed label with black letters stating:

“Plates / bowels”

It’s enough to make you lose your appetite!


3 Responses to “Hyphenated and Joined Suffixes”

  1. Sue Says:

    I was proofreading a newsletter for a co-worker, as I do quite often, and “tenfold” was a word used in the newsletter. I quickly checked the Internet and was lead to your website. I love the table you displayed; I will keep it handy. It will be very helpful, and make me appear to be very smart!

    Thanks so much.


  2. Marilyn Foster Says:

    What about hyphenating the suffix “-based” with an adverb ending in ly when the compound word will form an adjective? Adverbs ending in ly are never hyphenated, but the suffix “-based” is always hyphenated.

    • petrocomputing Says:

      I can’t think of an example of an adverb ending in -ly that would have a hyphenated suffix of -based.
      Things that are the base of something are things, or nouns, such as oil-based drilling fluid or tomato-based sauce.
      If you can find an example, I’d be happy to consider it.

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