Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectival phrases, Business writing, CIO, hyphenation
|Which is correct?
A limited number of hard copies are available; you can pick them up on a _______________ basis.
Explanation: In this context, the phrase is an adjective modifying “basis” so we hyphenate.
As a standalone sentence, the phrase uses the other form: A limited number of hard copies are available. First come, first served.