Test your knowledge of hyphenating adjectives and adverbs. In today’s quiz, they mostly come in the form of adjectival and adverbial compounds before a noun.
Which of these adjectives and adverbs need a hyphen?
- He was wearing a long black belt.
- She chose a rather ill fitting blouse.
- The small greenish blue bag.
- A dangerously high ledge.
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- Correct answer: he was wearing a long black belt. These adjectives independently modify belt, not each other. So, no hyphen is needed.
- Correct answer: she chose a rather ill-fitting blouse. Ill modifies fitting. Ill is derived from an adjective and fitting is derived from a verb, so the two words are hyphenated to become a compound adjective.
- Correct answer: the small greenish-blue bag. Greenish modifies blue. Both are adjectives and so they must be hyphenated.
- Correct answer: A dangerously high ledge. Dangerously is an -ly adverb. These types of adverbs aren’t hyphenated in compounds.