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I would like to know whether AAAA-BBBB is considered one word (as MS Word and some writing contests assert) or two (as Scrivener and other contests decree) and so, could you all please fill in this poll?

Poll #1523481 Is "aaaa-bbbb" one hyphenated word or two words, hyphenated?

Is "aaaa-bbbb" one word or two?

One word, as MS Word would count it.
2(33.3%)
Two, as Scrivener would count it.
3(50.0%)
Other. See my comment below.
1(16.7%)



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marypcb
Feb. 10th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
+1 ;-) word processors will have to pick one method or another because otherwise you'd have to have a huge complex listing of which hyphenated words to count as single words and which as multi-word phrases - but the truth would be some are one and some are two or three. I'd say it's one when you can't pick the words apart and re-arrange them into a phrase without hypens (easily understood - something that can be understood easily vs co-operation).

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