Hyphenating

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When you are trying to decide whether to hyphenate something, try this: …It is a large green bug that…. It is a bug. What kind of bug? It is a green bug. What kind of green bug? It is a green bug that is large. If this works and you can “build” it like this, it is not hyphenated. …It …

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! Margie

A Few Hyphen Issues

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen 4 Comments

When a word ends in -ly, do not hyphenate it to the word after it. …poorly constructed edifice… …newly build condos… …recently deceased partner… Though the suffix -wise should be added to the word and made a solid word, this leads to some very strange-looking words. …punctuationwise, what do you… …made the decision doctorwise… It might be best in these …