“-ly” Words and Hyphens

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen Leave a Comment

Most of us know the rule “Do not hyphenate an ‘-ly’ word.” This rule perhaps need a little more definition.

Do not hyphenate an adverb that ends in “-ly” to the word after it.

…recently built homes…
…highly regarded leaders…

This does not apply when the “-ly” word is not an adverb. There are many “-ly” words that are adjectives.

…twice-weekly appointments…
…family-friendly location…

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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