Hyphens between adverbs and verbs modifying a noun
I had to type up this sentence for my boss, and I did not put in a hyphen, but his secretary did: We know that the decision here was not made pursuant to any clearly-articulated, consistently-enforced policy.
I did not put the hyphen because I read that a description ending in -ly, no hyphen appears. So why is this any different? Is articulated an adjective or a verb in this case? Someone said it was a verb.
I see no reason for a hyphen. It's pretty standard to have an adverb modify an adjective, and I know of no rule requiring a hyphen. The secretary may be confusing this with two adjective modifying the same noun separated with a comma, such as a 'This is difficult, complex problem.' You would use a hyphen between two adjectives making a compound adjective, as in 'two-seater car.'
|link comment||answered Oct 17 at 22:54 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
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