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Which is correct:

392-acre parcel


392 acre parcel.

I say the first one
I keep running across this phrase in recent times:

"We are an everyday, every-way department."

It looks funny to me like the above-referenced way. Does anybody else have any ideas on how this should be punctuated? It's a term which the Secretary of USDA seems to use quite often when describing the Department of Agriculture.

And should I capitalize the "D" in "department," since it's U.S. Department of Agriculture?

TIA to any and all responders.
The way you have it is perfect. "Everyday" is one word when used as an adjective. And "every-way" is a compound word modifying department. You need the comma to replace the "and" that would otherwise be between "everyday and every-way." And I would not capitalize "department" because they are referring to themselves generically, e.g., "We are a great department." You could cap it if they were specifically referencing the Department of Agriculture, e.g., "The Department has several subdepartments."
Thanks so much for the response. This is a phrase that is being used more and more in recent times.

It so so frustrating to not be sure about stuff like that. Of course, I wonder if anybody else notices it as much as we do. :>)

The same transcript, they kept referring to "geospatial." In the title of the presentation, it was spelled as "Geo-Spatial." On the website of this agency, they had it as "GEO-spatial" and "geospatial."

SHEESH! Decisions, decisions, decisions. I didn't know which one to go with. I ended up making my own executive decision and went with "geospatial," one word.
I have the same problem with LiveScan. It's every which way on the Internet, but I haven't been able to find out if it's a mfr or a generic term. Drives me crazy!
I have another hyphen stumbling block. I think I have been producing too many pages as of late, and I am brain dead. For the life of me, I cannot figure out which is right.

Please help a brain-dead transcriptionist get it right. :>)

Example 1: The most well-studied, the most well-characterized are women who have had a prior preterm birth.

Example 2: The most well studied, the most well characterized are women who have had a prior preterm birth.

To hyphen or not to hyphen, that's the question. Well-studied and well-characterized risk factors are what they are talking about.
Hyphens will be the death of me yet.

brain injury depression or brain-injury depression

nonbrain-injury depression or non-brain injury depression or non-brain-injury depression (It's ugly all around.)


Someone has a depression that is is nonbrain injury?

In the above sentence, should it be non-brain injury or nonbrain injury? I'm thinking non-brain injury because nonbrain injury means there's no brain, which is not true.

So then the depression ones should be non-brain injury depression; right?

Then I also have brain-injury-caused depression. What do you think? Should that be all hyphenated.

Just shoot me now.
I want to offer, you know, 9 million for these 12 and a half million worth of first trust deeds.
I want to offer, you know, 9 million for these 12-and-a-half million worth of first trust deeds.
I want to offer, you know, 9 million for these 12 and-a-half million worth of first trust deeds.

I would do it like this: "I want to offer, you know, 9 million for these 12-and-a-half-million worth of first trust deeds."

I hyphenated "12 and a half million" because I thought it was describing the noun "worth."

I will be interested to read how others do it!
oo, that's good advice. I like that. Don't you hate it when you can't for the life of you see whats modifying what even though its staring you in the face?

Hi. I have been a reporter for many years and had worked for various agencies being a new reporter and everybody had their own style. I was taught to use numbers if i'ts over 10 or 10.
but i think it's so much easier to read if it's 9 million, etc. I hyphenate because that's the way i was taught. The Gregg Reference Manual that I have
Dag nab it, these hyphen conundrums are bothersome.

Here is the sentence:

"It came about as the result of the sale of a health care plan that was community health center-owned and -operated."

Does a hyphen belong before "owned" and "operated"?

TIA to any and all responders.


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