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Betsy Ross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:11 AM
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Grammar help please
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I am writing about "Single-Channel" and "Quad-Channel" video devices. Now they want to use "Quad SD Channel" as the descriptor. While my guess is that it should be "Quad-SD-Channel" device, it's hard enough to enforce the use of any hyphens so I'm afraid my company is going to object to two hyphens.

So I would appreciate the grammarians checking in and providing their input. Thanks.
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  -Grammar help please Betsy Ross  Dec-09-11 12:11 AM   #0 
  - I think it is a tossup,  ashling   Dec-09-11 12:49 AM   #1 
  - I really don't think that's a grammar issue  woo me with science   Dec-09-11 01:02 AM   #2 
  - What modifies what is very definitely a grammar issue. Usage is not absolute, ESPECIALLY in  patrice   Dec-09-11 12:02 PM   #21 
     - Oh, patrice.  woo me with science   Dec-10-11 08:27 PM   #36 
  - Agree with the posted comments. Go with the standard for the organization.  pinto   Dec-09-11 01:14 AM   #3 
  - Grammar Guru here:  tblue37   Dec-09-11 01:23 AM   #4 
  - Unless Quad SD is a thing...  Capitalocracy   Dec-09-11 01:52 AM   #8 
  - Awesome site! Thanks for the link! :)  inna   Dec-09-11 02:14 AM   #11 
  - Than you for the compliment! nt  tblue37   Dec-10-11 07:26 PM   #27 
  - Thanks and here are two grammar questions for you.  begin_within   Dec-09-11 09:59 AM   #16 
  - Answers. (Or more properly: Guesses.)  Iggo   Dec-09-11 12:51 PM   #25 
  - A "contrast." The word "contrast" can do double duty--as either a verb or a noun. nt  tblue37   Dec-10-11 07:27 PM   #28 
  - That would depend on how you wanted the term to be understood.  tblue37   Dec-10-11 07:50 PM   #30 
     - Thank you!  begin_within   Dec-10-11 09:51 PM   #38 
  - Depends upon whether the device protocols being referred to in SD are for input devices, in this  patrice   Dec-09-11 12:37 PM   #23 
  - OTQ for guru:  Duer 157099   Dec-09-11 12:45 PM   #24 
     - It is "more important." and the placement of the question mark is  tblue37   Dec-10-11 08:09 PM   #31 
        - Thank you!  Duer 157099   Dec-10-11 08:21 PM   #35 
           - I have a couple of articles about quotation marks over there.  tblue37   Dec-10-11 08:28 PM   #37 
  - I agree. No hyphens required. NT  juajen   Dec-09-11 01:26 AM   #5 
  - Go without the hyphens. :)  pacalo   Dec-09-11 01:47 AM   #6 
  - Thanks for all the input.  Betsy Ross   Dec-09-11 01:52 AM   #7 
  - I agree with the grammar guru, but point out that this is a punctuation issue, not a grammar issue.  No Elephants   Dec-09-11 01:52 AM   #9 
  - True--punctuation is what is called "usage," as are spelling, capitalization, etc.  tblue37   Dec-10-11 08:15 PM   #32 
  - One of my favorite resources,, agrees with you:  patrice   Dec-09-11 02:11 AM   #10 
  - Are these technical terms adjectives?  Jim Lane   Dec-09-11 05:54 AM   #13 
     - It's been a long time since I read that book, but it's AWESOME to meet someone else who has. Time...  patrice   Dec-09-11 11:06 AM   #17 
     - I also adore that book. nt  tblue37   Dec-10-11 08:16 PM   #33 
     - Yes, they are adjectives because they modify the noun "channel". K, so there are different kinds of  patrice   Dec-09-11 11:36 AM   #18 
     - Politics = Language, which is why politics can be deconstructed. nt  patrice   Dec-09-11 11:53 AM   #20 
        - . . . and, hence, more or less validly:reliably re-constructed. nt  patrice   Dec-09-11 01:03 PM   #26 
  - Typographically  canetoad   Dec-09-11 02:35 AM   #12 
  - yes, that would guarantee that it is one-term as opposed to one term  Tuesday Afternoon   Dec-09-11 09:50 AM   #15 
  - One hyphen, first two words. - "Quad-SD Channel".  HopeHoops   Dec-09-11 07:34 AM   #14 
  - Agree.  patrice   Dec-09-11 11:46 AM   #19 
  - Also agree. I am a retired copy editor and sort of know  RebelOne   Dec-09-11 12:04 PM   #22 
     - It depends on meaning, though. I am a technology idiot, so I do not know  tblue37   Dec-10-11 08:20 PM   #34 
  - I prefer QUAD_SD_CHNL  many a good man   Dec-10-11 07:33 PM   #29 

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