well edited vs well-edited

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well edited vs well-edited

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When I wrote a review I got marked down because I used well edited instead of well-edited. In the guidlines it is written well edited, so is well edited correct or incorrect and why?

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Depends on the overall sentence structure.
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Compound adverbs should be hyphenated if they are followed by the noun. So it would be:

This is a well-edited book.

Or:

This book is well edited.

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This is what I put. "This book was exceptionally well edited"
Is this right?

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AntoineOMEGA wrote: ↑
11 Jul 2019, 15:28
This is what I put. "This book was exceptionally well edited"
Is this right?
I believe you are correct. Note that if you choose to request a recheck though, you, as the reviewer are required to provide evidence as to "why" you are correct and the editor was incorrect. You can't just say, "You're wrong." Find a reputable website with the grammar rule & submit that with the recheck request.
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I'll try to explain with the help of an example.
The book was well edited.
It was a well-edited book.
See the difference? In the second sentence it is a compound adjective. That is why there is a hyphen present.

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Post by Tobewankenobe »

This was so helpful! I love being part of these forums. I had no idea how to tell when to hyphenate the adjectives, and now I know it's when they're followed by the noun! Thank you for this post.

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