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Feb 10 2017   5:34PM GMT

Which is correct: long-term or long term?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert


candidate-relationship-managementSince a candidate relationship management system is flexible, there are better tools for _________ communication and a lot of ways to segment candidates.

A. long-term
B. long term



Answer: A

While both terms exist, the difference between them (the use of the hyphen) is very important and applies to many other grammatical forms.

When talking about the ‘long term’, we are talking about the noun ‘term’ which is described by the adjective ‘long’.

Example: We are planning for the long term.

However, when the entire phrase is used to describe something else, a hyphen is used to show this. It’s called a compound adjective.

Example: This is a long-term plan.

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  • Yevrah
    Love your explanation. Thanks Kaitlin
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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm happy you found this helpful.
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  • jimsauce
    What about "mid-term"? Is it always written with a hyphen (or as a compound word), regardless of the use of the phrase?
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  • neil6833

    what a load of rubbish , lets hear it for the death of grammar Nazis

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  • kjsweeney3927
    I love when I understand the concept being explained.
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