Self-Service or Self Service?

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I am finding "self service" and "self-service" used interchangably. What is grammatically correct? Example: I use a self-service option to change my phone number on a website.

Example: We have provided you with these self service options in one convenient location.

grammar dashes asked Jul 02 '13 at 15:52 Carla Baker New member

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When the phrase is used in front of a noun (like "options"), it acts as a compound modifier, so you need the hyphen: "self-service options."

 

When it's not used in front of a noun, you don't need the hyphen. For instance: "I wanted some help, but the gas station only offered self service."

link answered Jul 02 '13 at 16:22 Actually Holly Expert

Thank you!

Carla BakerJul 02 '13 at 16:53

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