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suspended compound


suspended compound

The italicized word group is an example of a suspended compound


A set of compound nouns or compound adjectives in which an element common to all members is not repeated.

A hyphen and a space follow the first element of a suspended compound. (A hyphen with a space after it is called a hanging hyphen.)

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