Once again you are correct about Phrasal Verbs being written
as separate words. This now provokes me to explain my comments
about Adjectival expression.
As with the “alot” and “a lot” situation, clarity in reading and understanding
the English Language is most important.
The function of a hyphen is to create exactly that - clarity.
What I mean with an Adjectival expression is that the so-called
Phrasal Verb, now becomes an Adjective in it?s entirety.
In my example of … take-off, touch-down, drive-in, take-away …
these phrasal verbs have now become Adjectives with the use
of the Hyphen. You will now see what I mean when I write :
- take-off platform
- touch-down area
- drive-in movie
- take-away dinner
- back-up CD
In each of these examples the phrasal verb - now hyphenated - has become an Adjective describing a Noun.
What kind of platform … a take-off platform.
What kind of area … a touch-down area.
What kind of movie … a drive-in movie.
What kind of dinner … a take-away dinner.
What kind of CD … a back-up CD
These “Hyphenated Phrasal Verbs” are actually called Compound Adjectives.
Actually in my posting I was incorrect.
What I should have written was -
Phrasal Verbs also have this character.
A Phrasal Verb is the bringing together of a Verb and a Preposition.
But note that Phrasal Verbs should be joined together with a hyphen
WHEN they produce an Adjectival expression.
But even this rule is fading out.
That is just a warning to me to check my writing thoroughly before
I post it on the Forum. One false word can confuse and we are here
to clarify English, not make it ambiguous.
As for the habit of dropping a Hyphen in favour of joining the two
descriptive words together - this is once again a progressive form
of English. This I believe has developed out of either convenience
or laziness. I personally don?t think it is always appropriate.
It will also alter the English Language once again and begin producing
new words where they are not welcome. Here we must orientate on
the criterian we are given. Namely the correct Grammatic Structure
of Oxford, Cambridge or Standard written English.
Once again, I say CLARITY is of the utmost importance.
The fact that a fast-food restaurant owner advertises …
Takeaway Food … instead of … Take-away Food,
is pretty much his business.
If the word
Takeaway? confuses, it will soon be noticed through the lack of customers. Then he can change the word totake-away?.
The same goes for the other words I haved cited.
The Hyphen is there to create clarity.
I would be interested to read what Alan has got to say about this subject.
Also, with respect to such combinations as :
some where = somewhere
some more = somemore
some thing = something
Now I would like to explain the use of a HYPHEN correctly, which I will
do as a separate subject - otherwise it will be too exhausting here.
I hope that now clarifies what I originally meant to say.
Best Wishes, Bruce