Combinations of adjectives should be hyphenated. This is known as hyphenated adjective (or compound adjective) and while they may seem odd, are in fact proper punctuation. For example:
- easy-to-read content
- one-of-a-kind dog
- much-needed hyphens
- well-written script
However, they can often be avoided:
- Your content is almost always easy to read.
- My dog, Blaze, is one of a kind.
- Hyphens, much needed in the writing world, are often neglected.
- If I wrote a script, it would probably not be well written.
In addition, if you’re making up an adjective that is a string of words, it requires hyphens:
- too-expensive-for-words truffle sauce
- a very Doctor Zhivago-meets-I Love Lucy movie
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in Feb, 2008 and has been updated for accuracy and completeness.