Compound adjective + adjective + noun

I am having difficulty with this, or maybe my brain has just shutdown. Can you follow a compound adjective with another adjective and then the noun? Or does it always have to be adjective + compound adjective + noun (i.e. the compound adjective directly before the noun). I did search the forum and saw a similar discussion regarding adj + adj + noun, but not compound adj + adj + noun, which is why I am asking the question.Consider the following sentences: The band have achieved great success with their self-penned, positive lyrics.Versus: The ...Read more

open vs closed vs hyphenated - Hyphenating "Pulitzer Prize winning" as adjective

I'm looking for authority on hyphenating the following phrase with a compound modifier. Which is correct?She was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, orShe was a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, orShe was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporterThe Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed. at sections 5.92 and 5.93 covers some of this topic, but doesn't seem conclusive on this particular case....Read more

Phrasal adjective before/after noun. US/UK usage split?

Over on ELL I was a bit surprised by a (competent) native speaker of American English saying Books hard to find can be expensive is to my AmE ear no less idiomatic than Hard-to-find books can be expensive (to my BrE ear, the former sounds very poetic/stylised).I know there are contexts like The meteorites contain organic compounds vital to life, where ...vital-to-life organic compounds would be extremely unlikely, but I've no idea why that example doesn't reflect my preference for, say, Well-written books are a joy to read over Books well-writt...Read more

>2-word compound modifiers and suspended hyphens

I have been taught that when creating compound modifiers, a hyphen (-) should be used if the compound consists of two words, while an en-dash (–) is used if the compound consists of three or more words: I am Vancouver-based journalist. You are a New York–based journalist. She is a Rio de Janeiro–based journalist.I have also been taught that when listing multiple compound modifiers that share a common base(?), one can use a suspended hyphen to avoid repetition: He is a Canada-, US-, and Brazil-based journalist.My question, finally, is h...Read more

Compound Adjectives Separated by "or"

I'd like to say the following and I'm wondering if I should keep the hyphen after "ground": Ground- or boat-based observations are difficult.Since the individual pieces pieces of that sentence would be hyphenated (i.e. "ground-based" and "boat-based"), I'm wondering if the "or" in between the two makes a difference. Thanks!...Read more

Which is correct, criterion- or criteria- in a compound adjective?

Which is correct "criterion-based analysis" or "criteria-based analysis?" I have seen "criterion-referenced testing" and also "criteria-based assessment." I understand "criteria" is the plural and I think this is a compound adjective. So, as an adjective shouldn't "criterion" be invariable? I've seen academic writers use "criteria-based assessment" in scholarly research articles. Thank you for your replies....Read more