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Author Topic: Sentence in need of a hyphen  (Read 163 times)
Munley
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« on: May 10, 2018, 09:20:30 PM »

Found in an ad:

Great little well maintained bungalow on a quiet street right across from a childrens park.

Of course, if you put a hyphen where it belongs, it wouldn't be a sentence anymore, but that's fine, since it's an ad.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2018, 10:22:19 PM »

It's not a sentence to begin with. And it's missing an apostrophe.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2018, 01:18:08 PM »

It's not a sentence to begin with. And it's missing an apostrophe.

But . . . but . . . but . . . it is a sentence. Without the hyphen, you have a subject and a verb.

Subject = well
Verb = maintained

That's all you need to construct a sentence, but it has a direct object, also (bungalow).

Great little well maintained [a] bungalow on a quiet street right across from a childrens park.

So, you see, it was a very thoughtful little well, taking such good care of that bungalow.
And yes, children's should have an apostrophe.
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 02:42:29 PM »

But . . . but . . . but . . . you slipped an 'a' in there!  That's not fair!
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2018, 04:22:49 PM »

Wait... is the well great, or is it little?

And if it's right across from a children's park (or even a childrens park), there goes your quiet.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 06:23:38 PM »

But . . . but . . . but . . . you slipped an 'a' in there!  That's not fair!

Yes, I did, to improve readability. But "a" and "the" aren't required to make an expression a sentence. Ask the Russians. Good catch on the apostrophe, though. That went right by me.

Ditto on the great/little, Waterfall. Lots to notice here. This may be the most profound sentence ever written.

Back to hyphens, see grammar photo attached below.

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