Common mistake missing hyphen in 'subject matter expert'

Common Mistake: Missing Hyphen in 'Subject Matter Expert'

One common mistake that many people make is forgetting to include a hyphen in the term 'subject matter expert'.

Typically, this term is used to describe someone who has extensive knowledge and expertise in a specific field or subject area. However, it is important to remember that 'subject matter expert' should be spelled with a hyphen between each word.

For example:

  • Incorrect: subject matter expert
  • Correct: subject-matter expert

The hyphen is essential in this term because it helps to clarify the relationship between the words and prevents any confusion or misinterpretation.

Without the hyphen, the term may be read as 'subject matter expert', which could imply that the person is an expert on the matter of being a subject rather than an expert on a specific subject or field.

To avoid making this common mistake, always remember to include the hyphen between 'subject' and 'matter' when using the term 'subject matter expert'.

Linguix Grammar Checker can help you identify and correct this common mistake, as well as many other grammar errors, in your writing.

missing hyphen in 'subject matter expert' mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    A subject matter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic.

    A subject-matter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic.

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