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Thanks for the proof-read. I am not able to identify the hyphen case(s). Could you please point those out?

I believe "hit the road" is indeed what I meant in both situations. It is not just about starting a travel (which they actually do) but also coming out.


by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 05:31:10 AM EST
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I'm not sure which hyphenations DoDo means, though it's "prime minister" not "prime-minister". If you wanted to make an adjective of it, you would write "prime-ministerial ambitions" for example, with a hyphen.

But here are two things:

"PCP survived as a plain right party"

I doubt you mean the PCP is a simple rightwing party (though maybe... ;)). Is there a Portuguese expression analogous to the French "de plein droit"? In which case, in English it would be "a party as of right" or the adjective "rightful".

"If BE has been able to renew its rooster"

Farmyard tactics? Or should that be "roster"?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 05:50:34 AM EST
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My writing is a catastrophe!

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 07:26:07 AM EST
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No, IMHO your writing was pretty good, but as it was rather long (over 4,000 words), us nitpickers had opportunities to notice a few mistakes. Only pointed out to further improve your English. (Some mistakes I corrected after receiving similar corrections on ET over the years: "ocassion" and "didn't remembered".)

Regarding the hypen in compound adjectives: for example, "second-largest political party" not "second largest political party", "high-profile economists" not "high profile economists", "USSR-leaning stance" not "USSR leaning stance". (IMHO a simple rule, but one native speakers, especially Americans often don't keep.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 08:13:53 AM EST
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