Using a hyphen in a compound adjective that includes an acronym


In my organization, one of the policies for using acronyms in written material is to first spell out, or define, the acronym, then place the acronym behind the definiton, in parentheses, i.e. " positioning system (GPS)." My question is when a definition/acronym combination becomes part of a compound adjective, where do I place the hyphen, or is it even "legal" to do it? Would it look like this: " positioning system (GPS)-enabled device"? Or would it look like this: " positioning system-enabled (GPS) device"?


Thank you for any help you can offer!

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I would check out the placement of the commas.

link comment answered Apr 17 '13 at 04:34 Peggy Knott New member

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