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Smiley Face Tricks. #7: Hyphenated Modifiers. Sometimes a new way of saying things can make all the difference; hyphenated adjectives often cause the reader to “sit up” and take notice. Examples.

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7 hyphenated modifiers
#7: Hyphenated Modifiers
  • Sometimes a new way of saying things can make all the difference; hyphenated adjectives often cause the reader to “sit up” and take notice.
examples
Examples
  • My mother gave her famous you-better-get-to-your-room-now-and-make-it-shine-before-I-get-to-your-behind look.
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She’s got this blonde hair, with dark highlights, parted in the middle, down past her shoulders, and straight as a preacher. She’s got big green eyes that all the guys admire and all the girls envy, and this I’m-so-beautiful-and-I-know-it body, you know, like every other super model.
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Little did I know that when Mom asked if I liked the new neighborhood in town that that one innocent question would be the the beginning of the destruction of my life. I was going to choose “yes” as my answer, but I had one of those I-don’t-want-to-lose-my-friends looks.
spot the trick
Spot the Trick
  • Using excerpts from renowned, published authors, write down the Magic Three trick on your paper:
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“Don’t give me any of your lip today, Foaly, because today is not one of those Oh-I’m-so-impressed-with-the-pony’s-technology days. Tell me what you found on the human.”
    • E. Colfer, Artemis Fowl, 123
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“Don’t give me any of your lip today, Foaly, because today is not one of those Oh-I’m-so-impressed-with-the-pony’s-technology days. Tell me what you found on the human.”
    • E. Colfer, Artemis Fowl, 123
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If they lost by a hundred points they would be third behind Hufflepuff and if they lost by more than a hundred, they would be in fourth place and nobody, Harry thought, would ever, ever let him forget that it had been he who had captained Gryffindor to their first bottom-of-the-table defeat in two centuries.
    • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the HBP, 520
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If they lost by a hundred points they would be third behind Hufflepuff and if they lost by more than a hundred, they would be in fourth place and nobody, Harry thought, would ever, ever let him forget that it had been he who had captained Gryffindor to their first bottom-of-the-table defeat in two centuries.
    • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the HBP, 520
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The family would be taken care of. Beth bit her lip, but cried louder. The seasoned, hardened, tough-as-nails negotiators of the great Bendini firm swallowed rapidly and avoided looking at each other.
    • J. Grisham, The Firm, 108
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The family would be taken care of. Beth bit her lip, but cried louder. The seasoned, hardened, tough-as-nails negotiators of the great Bendini firm swallowed rapidly and avoided looking at each other.
    • J. Grisham, The Firm, 108
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Prince Humperdinck raised his right hand: “I swear on the grave of my soon-to-be-dead father and the soul of my already-dead mother that I shall not hurt this man, and if I do, may I never hunt again, though I live a thousand years.”
    • W. Goldman, The Princess Bride, 188
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Prince Humperdinck raised his right hand: “I swear on the grave of my soon-to-be-dead father and the soul of my already-dead mother that I shall not hurt this man, and if I do, may I never hunt again, though I live a thousand years.”
    • W. Goldman, The Princess Bride, 188
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“Once we have the artifact, we can all escape and look down Fablehaven, trapping Olloch inside until your grandparents and their not-so-secret friend figure out what to do with him. Everybody wins, and we keep the artifact out of evil hands.”
    • B. Mull, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, 222
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“Once we have the artifact, we can all escape and look down Fablehaven, trapping Olloch inside until your grandparents and their not-so-secret friend figure out what to do with him. Everybody wins, and we keep the artifact out of evil hands.”
    • B. Mull, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, 222
your turn
Your Turn!
  • Use the following prompt to write 5 sentences. Use at least one Hyphenated Modifier in your piece.
  • Prompt: Describe something that happened (just once incident) on your last vacation, whether it be a trip you took, or just a school vacation.