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    Land-use or land use?

    when is it appropriate to hyphen "land-use" and when is it just "land use"?
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    Over the years, I've evolved from "landuse" to "land use". I don't know if I've ever seen it professionally as "land-use".
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    Land use. Where is the poll?
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    Land use. Where is the poll?
    Good call, is it too late to add a poll?
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    I've seen "land use." And I've seen "land-use planning." Probably has something to do with modifiers. I don't know...

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    I've seen "land use." And I've seen "land-use planning." Probably has something to do with modifiers. I don't know...

    Where are the grammar Nazis when we need them?
    Yes. hyphenate land use when it is used as a modifer. Gold star for RJ.
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    I've always used "land use". Along the same lines, what about "subarea"? I've also seen "sub-area" or "sub area", but I always make it one word.
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    Quote Originally posted by H View post
    when is it appropriate to hyphen "land-use" and when is it just "land use"?
    When is it appropriate to start a sentence with a capital letter?

    Seriously, this question is relevant. We have a copy editor on our comprehensive plan committee, and in a once-over of one section of the plan, she hyphenate tens of words, including "sustainable-development practices" and "smart-growth principles", as well as "land-use"

    We told her that there are commonly accepted planning terms that are not hyphenated in everyday use, and should remain separate words even in the context of a modifier. "High-quality development", yes, "traditional-neighborhood development", no.

    The use of hyphens has been decreasing through the years, Now, the rule of thumb is to use them for clarity; e.g. "half-full glass" for a glass that is 50% full, compared to "half full glass", which could be interpreted as a glass that is half the size of a normal glass that is completely full.

    "Land use" is a commonly accepted planning term, and primarily functions as a noun. "What is the land use on the property?" It would not be misunderstood if it wasn't hyphenated as a modifier. Thus, it shouldn't be hyphenated as a modifier under contemporary English usage.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    Yes. hyphenate land use when it is used as a modifer. Gold star for RJ.
    Also applies to my pet peeve, making a right turn from a right-turn lane.

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    unrelated, but that logo on the homepage for this thread really looks like a swastika at first glance.
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