Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Hyphen - It IS Important



Basic hyphen rules review:

Use a hyphen:
  1. When the creator of the word used one (which is why we have a hyphen between Spider-Man and not Superman)
  2. For two words are working together as a single adjective (chocolate-covered raisins)
  3. Between the tens and ones of numbers (twenty-one)
  4. To avoid confusion (re-elect)
  5. With the prefixes ex-, all-, self- (ex-wife, all-inclusive, self-driving)
  6. With any prefix attached to a capitalized word (pre-World War II)
  7. Before the suffix -elect (president-elect)
Do NOT use a hyphen when:
  1. Two words are working together as a single adjective AFTER the noun (Those raisins are chocolate covered)
  2. Between other place values (two hundred sixty-five)



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