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Style Question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pete Incaviglia, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    All around game, all-round game, all-around game, or something else?
  2. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

  3. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    All-around. It's a compound modifier.
  4. dargan

    dargan Active Member

  5. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Agreed all around. It's all-around. ;D
  6. lawoman

    lawoman New Member

    It's already been answered but I would add that when I worked the desk a while back, an old sage copy editor gave me this example for such situations regarding compound modifiers:

    Small business owner (a person of small stature who owns a business of indeterminate size)
    Small-business owner (a person who owns a small business)

    When I run into such a situation, I go over that example and try to find out what's being modified. If it's unclear, you need to use the hyphen.
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