According to the Modern Language Association, hyphens can be used a number of ways. Hyphens can indicate a span of numbers (10-20) and join prefixes to capitalized words (post-Holocaust). The most confusing use of hyphens is with compound words. Use a hyphen to join two modifying words (top-rated newspaper); however, check the dictionary for specifics because not all combinations follow this rule. Also modifiers ending in ‘ly’ are not hyphenated (candidly told story).
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