I have seen both forms, so I am confused. Which of the following is the most appropriate way khổng lồ write the phrase?
"one of a kind"
I see no justification for the hyphens, except in the unlikely circumstance of the phrase being used adjectivally.
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I agree - "one of a kind" is a noun phrase; "one-of-a-kind" is an adjective sầu. –user16269 Mar 28 "12 at 8:17
Is the expression used as a single adjective sầu before a noun? If so, use hyphens (see example 1). For example: "He is a one-of-a-kind man."
Is the expression used as a predicate adjective sầu after the verb lớn describe a noun before the verb? If so, don"t use hyphens (see example 2). For example: "That man is one of a kind."
The hyphens" function is to lớn join two or more words to lớn show that they belong khổng lồ each other.
See this example in Oxford Dictionary for Advanced Learners "a non-native speaker of a language is one who has not spoken it from the time they first learnt to lớn talk", where non-native is an adjective sầu.
To better fix the use of hypens for phrases being used adjectivally, read the sentence below:
A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundrea-pound, filthy-worsted stocking knawe; a lily-livered, actiontaking, whoreson glass-gazing super serviceable finical rogue, one-trunk-inheriting slave sầu. — Sheakspeare
Here, certainly Sheakspeare would been able adding one-of-a-kind (followed lớn other word ... !).
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