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Hyphens (-)

  • Use a hyphen to indicate compound words:

            Mother-in-law

  • Use a hyphen to join two word units:

            Long-standing

  • Use a hyphen to avoid doubling vowels and tripling consonants:

            Anti-intellectual instead of antiintellectual

  • Use a hyphen between words that are spelled alike but have different meanings:

    Re-creation does not mean the same thing as recreation.

  • Use a hyphen to form a compound adjective preceding a noun:

            Spike Lee is a well-known film director.

  • Do not use a hyphen to form a compound word after a linking verb.

            Film director Spike Lee is well known.

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