Tricky Words

all-terrain

 

bilingual

 

canceled

co-chair

co-sponsor

coed

child care

cooperative (adjective)

co-op (noun)

course work (noun)

class work (noun)

 

database

decision-maker (noun)

decision-making (verb)

decision-making (adjective)

 

email (no hyphen)

extracurricular

 

follow-up

full-time employee (adjective)

she works full time (adverb)

fundraising is difficult (noun)

the fundraising campaign (adjective)

We are holding a fundraiser (event)

He is a fundraiser (person)

 

health care (two words in all uses)

 

internet (lowercase “I” per AP Style update)

interoffice

inter-related

 

lifestyle

log in (verb)

login (noun)

log out (verb)

logout (noun)

long-range (adjective)

The long-range plans are astounding.

long range (adverb)

The ideas cover a long range.

long-term (adjective)

The long-term system will be in effect for many more years.

long term (adverb)

The results will be firm and long term.

 

mainframe

microcomputer

multimedia

multipurpose

 

Net (cap “N,” no apostrophe)

nonprofit

 

offline and online (one word, no hyphen)

on-campus movies (adjective)

There are movies on campus week (preposition and noun)

 

part-time job (adjective)

Part time is the best option. (noun)

percent

playoffs

postdoctoral

postgraduate

pre-application

preschool

*For the use of hyphenation with the prefixes “post” and “pre” please consult your dictionary.

 

re-evaluate

reinforce

*In general, use a hyphen when the vowel “e” follows the prefix “re.” There are exceptions and additions. Consult your dictionary to be sure.

 

semicolon

 

time-sharing (all computer-related uses)

 

vice president, vice chair

 

webcast

webmaster

website (one word, lowercase “w”)

webzine

world-renowned school (adjective)

The school is world renowned.