Hyphens are confusing, Here's an interesting thread on the subject of hyphens that might help. Hope these few corrections help, too.Glaçon said:
HowWhat does it mean: "one entire painted-wood kiva shrine"? Is the shrine wooden and it'sentirely painted? Then, why is "painted-wood" iswritten throughwith a hyphen? Thanks.
It means that the kiva shrine is entire (that is, no pieces are missing, and it's presumably not broken) and it is made of painted wood. The reason 'painted-wood' is hyphenated is that it is an adjectival phrase that qualifies the noun phrase 'kiva shrine'. When you construct an adjectival phrase of this kind it's usual to hyphenate it, simply so that the reader can be certain about what you mean. That's how I know that it was a kiva shrine made of painted wood, because it was a 'painted-wood kiva shrine'. It's also how I know that the word 'entire' is an adjective qualifying the noun phrase 'painted-wood kiva shrine'. I hope I've made it a little clearer, but if not, please let me know.Glaçon said:How does it mean: "one entire painted-wood kiva shrine"?. Is the shrine wooden and it's entirely painted? Then, why "painted-wood" is written through a hyphen? Thanks.