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Hi,

In this sentence should the word highly and trained have no hypehn between them.

"We have highly trained staff who can help you."

Grateful to know if it is ok without a hyphen and why.

Many thanks.

Cheers, SusanM

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In this sentence should the word highly and trained have no hypehn between them.

"We have highly trained staff who can help you."

Grateful to know if it is ok without a hyphen and why.

Many thanks.

No hyphen here.

From the Chicago Manual of Style:

Adverbs ending in 'ly."' Compounds formed by an adverb ending in ly plus and adjective or participle (such as largely irrelevant or smartly dressed) are not hyphenated either before or after a noun, since ambiguity is virtually impossible.

This description certainly applies to 'highly trained staff.'
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The ambiguity that is referred to is that of compound modifiers like 'natural-gas pipeline,' 'small-business perspectives,' and 'used-record store.'** Without the hyphen in those noun-compound modifiers, the phrase might be hard to understand.

"Highly trained staff" is clear on its own.

Rachel
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*The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th Edition. The University of Chicago Press. 2003
**Examples from Garner's Modern American Usage, Second Edition. Oxford University Press. 2003
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Dear Rachel,

Many thanks.

Cheers, SusanM


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