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, 
































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