Life in Hyphen Land

“The tunnels branched out some 200 feet and two-stories beneath the basement of the house.”

There is a terrible shortage of hyphens in the world, so please don’t use one unnecessarily.

Adjectives are flimsy; nouns are stout. A two-story house needs a hyphen, to hold the pieces of the adjective together. Two stories don’t need a hyphen, because stories is a big strong noun.

If you find a spare hyphen lying around, by all means, save it for your next two-word adjective.

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