Asked • 03/20/19

How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective?

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like *particle board*, *Mount Everest*, or *windscreen wiper*) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a composition. I'm not sure how common this situation is, so here's an example:[*Machine learning*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_learning) is a single noun made of two words, and I want to use it in a compound adjective with a hyphen.Are either of the following examples correct?> - *I would like to pursue a machine learning-related certification.* > - *I would like to pursue a machine-learning-related certification.*If not, then what *is* the correct way to hyphenate compound adjectives like this?

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