Not rarely seen

Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common error on Yahoo!: The use of a hyphen to join an adverb ending in -LY with the word it modifies. It’s unnecessary and it’s wrong.

It’s wrong on the Yahoo! front page:

rarely-seen

and on Yahoo! News:

newly-elected news

and Yahoo! TV:

publicly-voted music tv

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3 Responses to “Not rarely seen”

  1. ZZMike Says:

    I would have fallen for that one. When do you use a “something-other” construction?

  2. ZZMike Says:

    I was wondering when you do use a hyphen in an adverb/word pair. After an exhaustive (and exhausting) Web search, I found:

    “Rule 5
    When adverbs not ending in -ly are used as compound words in front of a noun, hyphenate. When the combination of words is used after the noun, do not hyphenate.

    “The well-known actress accepted her award.”
    “The actress is well known.”

    “a heavy-metal detector
    a heavy metal detector”

    The more I learn, the more confused I get.


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