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English translation: Rule for capitalizing hyphenated compound word follows

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22:26 Nov 16, 2008
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English term or phrase: Question about capitalization of compound words
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Homeland Security-related Web Pages

Why would "related" not be capitalized? My Globe & Mail Style Book doesn't have an entry on this subject.

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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 01:51
English translation:Rule for capitalizing hyphenated compound word follows
Explanation:
Capitalize the second word in compound words if it is a noun or proper adjective or the words have equal weight (Cross-Reference, Pre-Microsoft Software, Read/Write Access, Run-Time). Do not capitalize the second word if it is another part of speech or a participle modifying the first word (How-to, Take-off).


Therefore, according to the rule, Security-related would fall into the latter category (I would think) and should not be capitalized
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Enza Longo
Canada
Local time: 01:51
Grading comment
You've convinced me, Enza! Thanks to all. Changing the word order is not an option here.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +2Rule for capitalizing hyphenated compound word follows
Enza Longo
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here is the rule I found for hyphenated compound words
Enza Longo

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11 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
question about capitalization of compound words
Rule for capitalizing hyphenated compound word follows


Explanation:
Capitalize the second word in compound words if it is a noun or proper adjective or the words have equal weight (Cross-Reference, Pre-Microsoft Software, Read/Write Access, Run-Time). Do not capitalize the second word if it is another part of speech or a participle modifying the first word (How-to, Take-off).


Therefore, according to the rule, Security-related would fall into the latter category (I would think) and should not be capitalized

Enza Longo
Canada
Local time: 01:51
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
You've convinced me, Enza! Thanks to all. Changing the word order is not an option here.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Egil Presttun
2 hrs

agree  Paula Vaz-Carreiro
1 day1 hr
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13 mins peer agreement (net): +11
Reference: here is the rule I found for hyphenated compound words

Reference information:
Capitalize the second word in compound words if it is a noun or proper adjective or the words have equal weight (Cross-Reference, Pre-Microsoft Software, Read/Write Access, Run-Time). Do not capitalize the second word if it is another part of speech or a participle modifying the first word (How-to, Take-off).


Therefore, according to the rule, Security-related would fall into the latter category (I would think) and should not be capitalized

Enza Longo
Canada
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Jonathan MacKerron: was my gut feeling as well
2 mins
  -> Cheers!
agree  Demi Ebrite: Well put!
15 mins
  -> Thanks but I can't take any credit as it was copied straight from the source
agree  Phong Le
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Phong
agree  Suzan Hamer: nd with Jonathan.
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Suzan
agree  Egil Presttun: I think you should post this information as an Answer.
2 hrs
  -> Thanks, Egil - will do
agree  Lalit Sati
4 hrs
  -> Thanks, Lalit
agree  Alice Bootman: Agree with Egil - you found the info.
4 hrs
  -> Thanks, Alice
agree  Patricia Townshend
8 hrs
  -> Thanks, Patricia
agree  Marie Scarano
8 hrs
  -> Thanks, Marie
agree  Tony M: Yes, instinctively I would read -related as a simple modifier, not part of the main noun group
11 hrs
  -> Thanks, Tony
agree  Paula Vaz-Carreiro
1 day13 hrs
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