How to Use Compound Words Correctly (Almost) Every Time

Does grammar matter? Syntax? Sentence structure? How about spelling?

Yes, it’s true, we here at TVWriter™ are big on breaking writing rules. This intro attests to that. But most of us here also believe that rule-breaking works most effectively when the writer knows the rule but puts their own spin on it. Which is why we’ve devoured every word of the following article.

Oops, wrong kind of “compound.” This article is NOT about Michael Corleone!

by Meghan Moravcik Walbert

Compound words are sprinkled throughout the English language—endless combinations of little words that partner up to form new, bigger words. How they come together in the written language can vary, though, and you may find yourself pausing to wonder: Is this a long term, long-term, or longterm problem? That’s because there are three different types of compound words, and it’s not always obvious whether a compound should be written as one word, two words, or hyphenated. read article