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Is it 'world-class' or 'world class'

(6 Posts)
nicelyneurotic Tue 12-Nov-13 13:43:22

As in, 'a world-class city'. I'm leaning towards the hyphen. Is this right? Does it matter?

LonelyGoatherd Tue 12-Nov-13 13:44:49

It's a world-class city, but the city is world class.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 12-Nov-13 13:45:23

I think hyphen if used as an adjective, and not if not. 'The facilities there are world class' (though typing that, it doesn't seem like something anyone would say anyway!): 'it has world-class facilities'.

I'm just thinking of the nineteenth century/ nineteenth-century literature rule really.

chicaguapa Tue 12-Nov-13 13:55:15

YY to all the below. Though hyphens are dying out now and it's a race with apostrophes to the bottom. grin

nicelyneurotic Tue 12-Nov-13 14:18:44

Thanks all! Pedants is a lively place today smile

MiniMonty Sat 16-Nov-13 04:01:55

I cannot think of, or see any reason to hyphenate those two words.
They work well together and tell the whole story.
Why should they become linked in text or speech ?

They link them selves perfectly well and very well describe their purpose without the need for extra punctuation.

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