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Write the Right Word: One Word or Two?

Sometimes two words get pushed together to form one thought.

I don’t know of an easy way to remember which are one word or two. Here are a few examples, based on the Associated Press Stylebook, which Ag Comm follows for spelling grammar and punctuation, or the Random House Unabridged Dictionary for words not in the AP Stylebook.

One Word




Cleanup when used as a noun and adjective. For example: “The oil spill cleanup took several days.” “The cleanup process will take weeks.”



Two Words

Boot camp

Cow herd

Feed mill

Seat belt

Sugar beet

Wild rice

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