More About Hyphens

Today I’m going to share two situations, one of which uses a hyphen, and one of which does not.

Rule of Thumb #1:
Use a hyphen before the word “type” when describing a type of item with a two-word adjective.

LED-type level gauges
Venturi-type flow meter
Hassler-type permeameter

Rule of Thumb #2:
Do not use a hyphen when describing the identification number of an item.

Row 27
Version 2
Phase 3
Rig 94
Model 7

Rule of Thumb #3:
Capitalize the noun that precedes the number in the above examples for Rule #2. Consider it a proper name for that row or version or phase or rig or model, and all proper names are capitalized.

Famous Quote of the Day:

“As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.”
– Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman, 1804-1881


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