So in the post immediately preceding this one, I used this construction:
Is that right? The original phrase is “health care,” with no hyphen, but when you turn a phrase into an adjective, you always drop in hyphens, right? Likewise, in the title of my short story I used:
…because the whole three-word phrase is a single adjective. Is that right?
As long as I’m at it, one more punctuation issue that’s been bothering me. In my head, the words following a colon get capitalized (or not) like so:
I stole three things: a shirt, a tie, and a surface-to-air missile.
But I had a good reason: The fashion police were after me.
The first one isn’t capitalized because it’s not a complete sentence. The second one is, because it is. Do I have that right? I use a lot of colons. This is important.