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"Low Cost" Or "Low–Cost"?  
User currently offlineNickbbu From Romania, joined Jan 2007, 185 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

This might seem a bit weird, but I can assure you that this as serious as it can get. I am writing a study on LCC and I need to know exactly how should I write the title: low cost or low–cost ?

What is the right way of writing and why?

Thank you in advance! It's really important for me.
Nick


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User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

I never used the term "low cost" as everyone has a different opinion about what is low cost, however "lower cost" is exactly what it means lower cost ..... just my "swiss cheese" opinion  Smile

Good luck

Cheers,


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

Quoting Nickbbu (Thread starter):
This might seem a bit weird, but I can assure you that this as serious as it can get. I am writing a study on LCC and I need to know exactly how should I write the title: low cost or low–cost ?

What is the right way of writing and why?

Most English style manuals would show "low-cost" (with a hyphen) as the preferred format. That is what is known as a compound adjective when used in the context of "low-cost carrier" or "low-cost manufacturer" etc, and it is usual to link the words in compound adjectives with a hyphen.

If "low" was an adjective modifying the noun "cost" or "costs" as in, "Ryanair operates with low costs", then a hyphen would be incorrect, but if you said, "Ryanair is a low-cost carrier" you would need the hyphen.


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