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Adjectives, Noun, Words

To do vs. to-do

To-do list example

Is it to-do or to do? This is something I always have to look up when I’m typing or writing it, so I thought I’d add a reminder here in my blog. My tip is:

If it’s used as an adjective, before a noun, it’s hyphenated, as in ‘to-do list’. If it’s used as a noun, as in ‘to dos’, it should never be hyphenated.


I haven’t updated my to-do list today which is making me feel a bit anxious.

I have so many to dos on my list that it’s difficult to prioritise.

If you have any other examples, please contact me.

Until next time…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “To do vs. to-do

  1. Nice enough! Haven’y thought about that there was a difference, but now i see it..

    Posted by liveterspoejst | June 2, 2020, 2:20 pm

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