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Thread #39822   Message #567945
Posted By: Haruo
08-Oct-01 - 11:19 PM
Thread Name: For pedants only
Subject: RE: For pedants only
Yes if it is an adjective, no if it's a nominal phrase (i.e. — as opposed to e.g. — if "retentive" — ‘retentive’ to the Brits — here functions as a noun). And of course the adjectival phrase "anally retentive" should, as a rule, not be hyphenated (though, as "as a rule" implies, there are exceptions).