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Hyphens, En Dashes, Em Dashes
Q. “We are more than ready to analyze plan design changes.” For clarity would you recommend inserting a hyphen between plan and design?
A. Yes, that’s a good solution, but perhaps not the best one. You have three words in a row that can be read as verbs (plan, design, changes) following the actual verb. I would rewrite the sentence so these words read more clearly as nouns: We are more than ready to analyze changes in the plan design.