Hyphenation with compound modifiers

A hyphen can make for easier reading by showing structure and, often, pronunciation. Words that might otherwise be misread, such as “re-creation” or “co-op”, should be hyphenated. Hyphens can also eliminate ambiguity. For example, the hyphen in...

Hyphenation with Prefixes

Words containing prefixes are either hyphenated or closed up – they cannot be open. Once again, the choice is dependent on the dictionary you choose, which in effect is based on the variant of English you follow. For example, OED recommends non-uniform, while M-W...

Hyphenation with numbers

Hyphens connect. They do connect words and numbers. In this section, we will look at how hyphenation can modify numbers or phrases involving numbers. Spelled out numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine are hyphenated (as I have done here). forty-one, sixty-eight It is...

Hyphenation Basics

Far and away the most common spelling questions for writers and editors concern compound terms—whether to spell as two words, hyphenate, or close up as a single word. CMoS, Section 7.77 Hyphens are used to connect within words as well as to connect more than one word....
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