Compound Noun and Hyphenation

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen 6 Comments

When a compound noun that is two words has a prefix or suffix, hyphenate the prefix to the first word or the suffix to the last word and leave the compound noun as separate words.

…pre-high school days for him…
…post-Revolutionary War period…

…real estate-like transaction…
…social security-wide reform…

Happy punctuating!


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  1. Hi,
    How would you use hyphens in this example:
    Do you want to share the money with an ex in-law’s children from a subsequent marriage?

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