rules for the spelling of compound words?


Are there any rules for the spelling of compound words that we frequently use together such as

"all right" or "rubberband" or "rubber-plant"?  They can be spelled the three different ways I 

demonstrated, so I wondered if there is a rule I can apply to these words, or if I just have to

memorize the spelling of each one. Does anyone know?  Thank you for answers!

asked Jan 31 '14 at 02:54 char clough New member

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I'm afraid that you'll have to memorize most of them.  Some word used to always be two words such as always, already, and altogetherAll right is still the correct way to write those two words, but informally, alright is very frequently used to mean satisfactory, but not great.  In other words, alright does not mean that something is actually all right


Rubber band and rubber plant are both two words, and they are not hyphenated.  To understand how the hyphen is used, the Grammarly Handbook has a section on the hypen.  There is a link at the bottom of the page. 

link comment answered Jan 31 '14 at 12:51 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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