Commonly Misused Words: Using ‘oh so’

June 9, 2005: Issue 93

When you use oh-so as part of a compound modifier before a noun, hyphenate the whole modifier. In other uses, set off the oh with a comma.

correct: these oh-so-easy projects
correct: an oh-so-comfortable couch
correct: Oh, so pretty!

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Wondering whether you have to include New York when you mention Albany? has acomplete list of cities that can stand alone.

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