Daily Writing Tip: Those Tricky Hyphens

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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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Comments (3)

Ellie Ortmann
Keller Williams Realty Integrity Northwest - Buffalo, MN
"Put Your Red On"

Thanks for the info...:)

Jun 30, 2011 03:20 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Cathy, thank you for sharing the English language with us in easy to understand terms.  However, I am not happy with the loss of my Oxford Comma.

Jul 01, 2011 03:25 PM
Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh
CRT Commercial Media - Marble, NC

I just got some breaking news on the Oxford comma: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/the-oxford-comma-is-not-dead_b33436

Jul 01, 2011 04:03 PM