Write Right

February 12, 2018

 

Writing Tip of the Week

 

When To Use a Hyphen

 

1. Use a hyphen to make some compound words.

 

The candidate was not well-known, but she was beginning to have a following in social media.

 

2. Use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line.

 

Although the candidate pretended to be stern, she was laugh-

ing when her opponent cracked a joke. 

 

 

 

Don't divide—

 

 

a one-syllable word such as stand, poll

 

 

a one-letter syllable from the remainder of a word—a-genda 

 

 

 

a contraction—don't, haven't, won't 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Use a hyphen when combining two words to make a single adjective

 

 

 

before the noun it is modifying.   

 

 

 

 

Her opponent had a smug look on his clean-shaven face.   

 

 

 

 

 

4. Use a hyphen between the numbers in a fraction.

 

 

 

One-half of her opponent's platform was full of holes.  

 

 

 

 

 

5. Use a hyphen to make new words which begin with the following

 

 

 

prefixes: half, great, ex, all and self.

 

 

 

 

all-around, self-contained, self-denial, half-time, half-section, 

 

 

 

great-grandmother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

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