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[*] posted on 8/21/2010 at 07:43 AM
"after-hours" or "after hours"


I found "after-hours" is an adjective. Can I use it this way:

It was not unusual for us to remain in the office after-hours.

Or do I use it without the hypen?

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[*] posted on 8/21/2010 at 10:10 AM


With the hyphen when it comes before a noun: after-hours post office.

Without the hyphen when it stands alone: ... remain in the office after hours.





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[*] posted on 8/21/2010 at 10:21 AM


The way I think of it is, when it's before a noun, I want the two words to become one adjective--as though they were one word. The hyphen squishes the two words together into one entity. Does that make sense? After the noun or at the end of the sentence, if you squish them together into one word it sounds funny. Think of how you say it: "I went to the after-hours post office." (the after-hours run together and kind of fast) or "I went to the post office after hours." (the words after and hours said distinctly separately and more slowly)

That's how I learned the rule. :)




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[*] posted on 8/21/2010 at 10:33 AM


Thanks guys....that's what I thought....it needed a noun after it for the hypen.



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