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Should I use a hyphen in between life and changing in the phrase "life-changing" ?

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I myself would use a hyphen:

'A life-changing event.'

MrP
The hyphen is used to signal a compound modifier. No hyphen is needed if no noun is being modified. For example:

"This is a life-changing moment!"
The moment is neither life, nor changing. It is life changing.

"That radio broadcast was life-changing!"
Though it is at the end of a sentance, the linking verb still links it back to the noun (radio broadcast) and it still needs a hypen.

I'm not sure if there are any instances in which it wouldn't be hyphanated, but be sure to look out for them!
I know this is old, but I felt the actual reason for the hyphen should be posted. Emotion: smile

-Dave
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only use the hypen if a noun follows it such as "life-changing event" but "something is life changing" does not require it.
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what about the flip? I heard a changed-life sermon?
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