Hello Hyphen

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Hello- Hyphen. Did you know there are rules for using the beloved hyphen? It can do more than just splitting words. The hyphen is a heavy lifter in the punctuation storehouse. Let’s see what all the hyphens can do.

  1. A hyphen can join two or more words serving as a single adjective before a noun.
  2. Use a hyphen with a compound number.
  3. Use a hyphen to avoid confusion or awkward letters.

     Re-sign   vs resign

  • Use a hyphen with prefixes ex-, self-, all-, with the suffix elect between a prefix and a capitalized word with figures and letters.
  • Use a hyphen to divide words at the end of lines if necessary, and make the only between syllables.
  • For line breaks, divide already hyphenated words at the hyphen.
  • For line breaks with ing, if a single final consonant n the rest of the word is doubled before the suffix hyphenate between the consonants otherwise, hyphenate at the suffix itself.
  • Never put the first letter of a word at the end of a or the beginning of a line and don’t put two-letter suffixes at the beginning of a new line.

This is not a particularly often used punctuation mark, but it deserves its day in the sun. If you found this article helpful and enjoyed it and would like to see more sign up for my monthly newsletter. and receive for a limited time a short story.

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