Common mistake missing hyphen in 'on/off screen'

Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

Missing Hyphen in Compound Adjectives

One common mistake people often make is forgetting to include a hyphen in compound adjectives and adverbs. Compound adjectives are formed by combining two or more words to describe a noun, and when these words come before the noun, they should be hyphenated.

Example: "She is an on-screen actress."

Incorrect: "She is an on screen actress."

Correct: "She is an on-screen actress."

Another example: "He is a well-known author"

Incorrect: "He is a well known author"

Correct: "He is a well-known author"

Using hyphens correctly clarifies the relationship between words and makes the meaning of the sentence clear.

Missing Article Before Adjective

Another common mistake is forgetting to include an article before an adjective. Articles are words like "a," "an," and "the" that help to specify the noun or noun phrase that follows. In English, there are indefinite articles (a, an) and definite article (the).

Example: "He is married to a beautiful woman."

Incorrect: "He is married to beautiful woman."

Correct: "He is married to a beautiful woman."

Remember to include the appropriate article before an adjective to make your sentence grammatically correct.

Linguix grammar checker can help you identify these common mistakes and suggest corrections, ensuring your writing is clear and error-free.

missing hyphen in 'on/off screen' mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    She remains a mystery woman off screen.

    She remains a mystery woman off-screen.

  • Incorrect:
    I enabled the on screen keyboard.

    I enabled the on-screen keyboard.

  • Incorrect:
    The notification appeared on screen.

    The notification appeared on-screen|on the screen.

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