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  • To hyphenate, or not to hyphenate

    Posted by Trevor Aston on 26 October 2023 at 11:51

    I’d be grateful for English usage advice please.

    Referring to different parts of a factory. The line where the product is assembled should it be ‘one of the assembly line workers’, or ‘one of the assembly-line workers’?

    Another line assembles the switches. Should it be ‘one of the switchline workers’, ‘one of the switch-line workers’ or ‘one of the switch line workers’?

    Trevor Aston replied 4 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Rose Blakeney

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    26 October 2023 at 15:10

    Hello Trevor

    In the first example, “assembly-line workers’” is correct. In the second,” switch-line workers” is correct. In those examples, the line part refers to the assembly and the switch, not the workers, so the hyphen goes before “line”.

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