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Hey guys!

So I'm putting on a local event and I've got a title for it but I'm not sure if I should put a HYPEN in between Sex-Life? Grammar is not my strong point.

The event is called ULTIMATE SEX-LIFE SUMMIT

Thanks for your help in advanced!
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  • Profile picture of the author s1ngular1ty
    I think in this case you should disregard the "rules" and just go with what you think works best.

    Grammar is used in marketing all the time to help sell. This is not achieved by sticking to the rules. Ad headlines are a case in point.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      It could depend where you are. Here in the UK we don't use hyphens as much as the US for instance and sex life wouldn't normally have an hyphen
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      • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
        Originally Posted by PatriciaJ View Post

        It could depend where you are. Here in the UK we don't use hyphens as much as the US for instance and sex life wouldn't normally have an hyphen
        I don't even think Americans use a hyphen in sex life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    For general writing usage, I don't think sex life uses a hyphen... (unless you're kinky )
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxBounty
    Another vote for no hyphen!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Make that another vote for no hyphen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ido
    Another vote for no hyphen!
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    You definitely don't need the hyphen.
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  • Profile picture of the author GodMode52
    You don't need it man..
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    No hyphen! It just doesn't look right with a hyphen.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    according to Oxford English dictionary - definitely no hyphen!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinterest
    another no hyphen vote,
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Must admit .. this is the best use of a post to frame a sig file I have seen in a while. I actually believe it is within the boundaries of the forum if all the one line replies do not get it nuked lol.



    Originally Posted by sephora View Post

    Hey guys!

    So I'm putting on a local event and I've got a title for it but I'm not sure if I should put a HYPEN in between Sex-Life? Grammar is not my strong point.

    The event is called ULTIMATE SEX-LIFE SUMMIT

    Thanks for your help in advanced!
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  • Profile picture of the author mbitsol
    Every one saying no hyphen then my vote also goes to no hyphen
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I'm in the US and I would not use a hyphen for Sex Life. At least that is my personal opinion. You may not need to take the rules so seriously for the title anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I would take the hyphen out of sex life. Just roll with "sex life".
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  • Profile picture of the author Phobia
    no hyphen..
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  • Profile picture of the author cnagaraj
    Ditto that, no hyphen
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  • Profile picture of the author lcjordan
    Another no hyphen vote!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
      Sephora,

      While you have gotten a number of opinions, I don't see that anyone has addressed the question of grammar.

      The thing to ask is this: Is there a rule that determines whether these two words should be hyphenated? The answer is yes.

      These two words are what is know as a compound adjective. Compound adjectives are formed when two or more adjectives modify the same noun. When this occurs the adjectives should usually be hyphenated.

      The reason for the hyphen is to avoid ambiguity.

      For example: man eating shark (a man eating a delicious shark dish) versus man-eating shark (a shark eating a delicious man dish.)

      However, in your case the purpose of your headline may trump the grammatical rules, and Ultimate Sex Life Summit may be better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I'm going to go against the grain a little bit here.

    Okay, in most cases you would not use a hyphen for the term sex life, however, I don't know enough about this summit, so the hyphen could add a layer of meaning.

    Whereas sex life would pretty much refer to having sex and all it entails, sex-life suggests that it's much more than that. It's almost as if the hyphen is saying that sex and life are intertwined.

    So, if you are going to get into the philosophy of sex, or the deeper meaning of relationships, then sex-life could be an interesting take on a common phrase.

    In normal English usage the phrase sex life is not hyphenated, but there could be legitmate reasons for adding a hyphen.

    All the best,
    Michael
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