I am sure this has a dash and yet grammarily says it's an error. please help

See example:

She picked up her purse, sunglasses, and keys said good-bye to Fanny and strolled out the back door toward the garage.
asked Jul 24 '12 at 16:09 Dollie Mason New member

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Oxford (online) also suggests it to be without dash.

link comment answered Jul 24 '12 at 16:20 Rahul Gupta Expert

There are only a few words (or word pairs) in the English language that are permanently hyphenated. To make matters complicated, there is disagreement regarding which words fall into this category.


As Rahul notes, the Oxford Dictionaries (in both British and American editions) say goodbye is a single word, unhyphenated.  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th edition, 2011) agrees, but offers good-bye as an acceptable alternate spelling.


However, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2007) prefers good-bye. On the other hand, the Associated Press Stylebook (2009 edition) calls for goodbye. As a result, many American newspapers use this spelling.


The University of Chicago's Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010) defers to Merriam-Webster for matters of spelling, Because most acedemic book publishers (and many general publishers) follow CMOS, good-bye is a fairly common spelling in American books.


Are you confused yet?

link comment answered Jul 24 '12 at 17:27 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

When I checked another website, I found there is no dash. 


link comment answered Jul 24 '12 at 16:53 sanjay Expert

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