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hyphens. Use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line . The new governor’s victory celebration will be organ- ized by her campaign committee. - Never divide a one-syllable word - Divide a word only between syllables

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use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line
Use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line.

The new governor’s victory celebration will be organ-ized by her campaign committee.

- Never divide a one-syllable word

- Divide a word only between syllables

- A word with double consonants can be divided between them. (con-nect, drum-mer).

use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line1
Use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line.

- Divide a word with a prefix or a suffix between the prefix or suffix and the base word (pre-judge, post-pone, fall-ing)

- Divide an already hyphenated word at the existing hyphen. (cannot say “moth-er- in-law”)

- Never divide a words so that one letter stands alone. (e-lectricity or elec-tricity?)

where does the hyphen go
Where does the hyphen go?

but you wouldn’t do this because it

would leave one letter on a line

1. Olympics

2. library

3. fourth

4. unchanged

5. impolite

6. tomorrow

7. breathe

8. corporation

hyphens with compound words
Hyphens with compound words

Some compound words are hyphenated (red-hot); some are written as one word (redhead); and some are written as two or more words (red tape).

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Hyphens with compound words

Use a hyphen with these prefixes and suffixes:

ex- great- mid-

self- -elect pro-

all- -free pre-

non- after- anti-

half- has some exceptions , it can go both ways

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Hyphens with compound words

Hyphenate a compound adjective when it precedes the noun it modifies.

It is a well-written book.

He is a small-town boy.

Amanda is very down-to-earth.

Do NOT use a hyphen if the modifier is an adverb ending in –ly.

He lives in a carefully constructed house.

hyphens with numbers
Hyphens with numbers

Use a hyphen with compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine.

He wrote a check for thirty-three dollars.

Use a hyphen with fractions used as modifiers.

A two-thirds majority vote is required

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1. Ex students were not allowed at the festively decorated prom party.

2. His self confidence faded when he forgot his well planned speech.

3. Twenty five students said they had never heard of the well traveled Appalachian Trail.

4. Three fourths of the class voted, and the proposal was defeated by a seven tenths majority.

5. Our governor elect was once an all American baseball player.

6. In our debate on the United Nations, the pro UN side defeated the anti UN side.

7. You must turn in your carefully edited essays by Friday.

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no hyphen because of -ly