Questions tagged [hyphenation]

A hyphen is a symbol used to join two words or two syllables of a single word together. It is not to be confused with dashes or the minus symbol, as these are all longer than the hyphen and serve different purposes in language.

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When to hyphenate adjectives that imply nouns [closed]

In the following sentence, Bill is my best friend and Alice is my second-best friend. I understand that the hyphen is required to make clear that Alice is less of a best friend than Bill. Without ...
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When using title case, how should hyphenated words be capitalized? [on hold]

Here's one title that includes a hyphenated words. Also this includes a word that is sometimes capitalized in title case. Aliens are coming in the not-too-distant future! Or an article called: ...
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How does one correctly use hyphens in the following contexts?

I read a few articles from APA Style Blog's "Hyphenation Station" series (https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/hyphenation/), and I'm using these tips to guide my writing. I was wondering if anyone on ...
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Should the periodic table's groups be hyphenated? [closed]

The elements of the periodic table are arranged in columns or groups. This way, carbon belongs to group IV, whereas nitrogen is in group V. If these group names are used as adjectives, should they be ...
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Hyphenation example: sometimes-worried

In writing an essay, I have the phrase: "sometimes worried". Microsoft Word has made the suggestion "sometimes-worried", However, browsing through google and related questions on the site, I m still ...
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Hyphenated or not? [duplicate]

Which of the two is correct? The best examples of renewable energy are wind and solar-generated energy. or The best examples of renewable energy are wind and solar generated energy.
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“Rubber-Safe,” or “Rubber Safe?”

When advertising a product as safe to use on rubber should a hyphen be included between the words "rubber" and "safe?" It seems to me that because it is a compound adjective a hyphen should be used, ...
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What is the correct use of hyphens and capitals in “Big Brother style pop competition”? [duplicate]

Not sure it technically should have any, but a Big Brother style pop competition feels like quite a mouthful as it is so I’m wondering whether hyphens might help. Also want to check the ...
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Question about hyphenated words after their

I understand that when you combine two words that come before a noun they modify, they should be hyphenated. I am confused if you need to hyphenate words after the word their. For example: These ...
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punctuation: the 20 to 30 year old age group

I'd like to know how "the 20 to 30 year old age group" is punctuated in standard English. "30-year-old" should be hyphenated. What about "20 to 30"? Any principles at work? I'd appreciate your help.
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Using hyphenation to avoid ambiguity

When I write a research paper, I often use hyphenation in order to avoid ambiguity. For example, consider the phrase fractionally Pareto optimal allocation A person who does not know these terms ...
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How do you hyphenate a phrase with a suffix modifier?

Consider a type of software that is specific to an industry. We might say it's... industry-specific If software is specific to a particular use case ("use case" is a software term) would we say it'...
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Is this hyphenation use considered correct?

I made a ham-and-Swiss sandwich. I'm wondering if this sentence might be misunderstood as referring to two sandwiches if written without the hyphens. Which form is considered correct? Thanks for ...
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How you you spell non self destructive?

Non self-destructive Non-self destructive Non-self-destructive ????? It has to be these
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What is the correct usage of a hyphen in this case?

Preparing a report in which there are several categories rated. Should the phrase read "The top three categories are .." or should there be a hyphen " The top-three categories are..."
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Space-and time-efficient [duplicate]

This question has always haunted me, so I decided to settle it for good. Suppose I am saying "We provide space-and time-efficient algorithm for approximating [the number of cats in apartment building]"...
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Hyphen rules: should it be “tracking number” or “tracking-number”? [closed]

In the following sentence: Once you have a tracking number for the shipment. Should it be tracking number or tracking-number? I read through the Wikipedia article, but it didn't give a ...
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Compound adjective hyphenation

In the following sentence: Directly substituting all continuous-time components of X by their previously described discrete-time counterparts results in Y because/as [...] I'm unsure if "...
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Can 'smart home' and similar phrases be adjectives if followed by a noun, or do they become complements? [closed]

I'm having some confusion here as I've been tasked with checking that some texts fit a style guide for work, and it requires that two adjectives directly preceding a noun be hyphenated, e.g. 'well-...
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How do you divide the syllables of plurals whose singular ends in “-e”?

How do you divide the syllables of plurals whose singular ends in "-e"? For example, is "fences" "fen-ces" or "fenc-es"? Is "appliances" "ap-pli-an-ces" or "ap-pli-anc-es"? The context is not ...
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Use hyphen in capitalized title

Do I hyphenate between Moose and Viewing in Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado?
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Alcohol free or Alcohol-free

What would the rule be on using a hyphen in "alcohol free?" We are describing a product that is free of alcohol. We use it in different sentence instances such as the following: "The product is the ...
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Is there a grammatically need to hyphenate the compound words “dumb f*ck” within a novel?

Would I leave the space, hyphenate it, or combine the two works like its similar, less aggressive counterpart: "dumbass" The quote from my novel is from dialogue "It's been six years, you dumb ...
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What is the correct punctuation for a repeated word?

I'm creating a presentation for school and I want to title my presentation "The not so secret secret to weight loss" My meaning is that people act as if it is a secret when in fact it is very common ...
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Hyphenating measurements in case of a fraction

I am now quite comfortable with the rules of hyphenating measurements (For example, 5-foot-long rod, 7-inch-long handle, etc.) However, what is the rule for hyphenation if the number is a fraction. ...
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Plus sign before or after hyphenated word

Let's say there's a set of buildings with differing numbers of units in each. I would like to describe them as two or more unit buildings. Writing it out with the number, would I write "2+-unit ...
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How do you correctly hyphenate prefixes to already separated words?

Specifically, Co-Project leader is what I'm confused about. For reference, project leader would be written as separated words without any hyphen, obviously. However, once you have a vice project ...
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Should “uncomment” include a hyphen, or is either one correct?

Should "uncomment" include a hyphen like this: "un-comment", or either one correct?
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Dictating hyphen or dash over the phone

How should I dictate hyphen in email address or url over the phone ? My email is gabriel hyphen glenn at gmail dot com My email is gabriel dash glenn at gmail dot com
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Hyphenation for “300 or 400 level” [duplicate]

Since "400 level" should be hyphenated as "400-level", should "300 or 400 level" be hyphenated as "300- or 400-level," or is there another way to write this?
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Hyphenated abbreviation of component-sharing compound

In German it is unconspicuous to write 'An- oder Abwesenheit', but writing 'pre- or absence' in English would be conspicuous and perhaps either jocular or affectatious. I cannot think of an example ...
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Usage of high quality vs high-quality

Am I using the correct grammar by not having high quality hyphenated? From direct mail, printing & fulfillment, to database analytics and digital media, Company Name continues to deliver high ...
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Is it command-line or command line and where to capitalize? [duplicate]

not sure if the word has a hyphen, and if I should write 'line' with capital letter if it does.
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hyphenation of ‘editorial’ in BrE

According to an online hyphenator, the hyphenation of ‘editorial’ is ed-it-or-ial in British English and ed-i-to-rial in American English. I'm interested in the hyphenation of the noun ‘...
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When is 'off guard' hyphenated?

How do you decipher when and how to use 'off-guard' or 'off guard'? Example sentences “I wanted to find it before my opponents did,” he clarified. “So, if anything was brought up during one of ...
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To withdraw volunteering, is it unvolunteer or un-volunteer? [closed]

I read rules for hyphenating and I think it said an adjective proceeding a verb needs a hyphen. True?
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Co-pay vs copartnership: Prefix hyphenation in AmE

In AmE, we tend to close up prefixes like co-, re-, pre-, post-, etc. unless the first letter of the main word is the same vowel as the last letter of the prefix. But I see some exceptions like ...
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“Personal Use Program” or “Personal-Use Program”?

Help me settle a discussion on this topic. Everywhere I look, within my company's internal documents as well as documents from other companies, a "personal use" program is not hyphenated. A colleague ...
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How to use multiple hyphens

Which is the correct way to hyphenate the following message: the hotel in question is, among all the hotels in Dehli with the same 4-star rating, second best. This is the second-highest-rated 4-...
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Bestsellers or Best Sellers or Best-sellers [duplicate]

Is bestsellers one word, two words or hyphenated. It seems to appear as all three. Is one a British English rather than American English way of writing it?
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Capitalization and hyphenation of proper name derived from a number sequence

I'm writing a sci-fi novel in which humans travel to a nearby star known by the catalog number Gliese 892, where they encounter a sentient species. Listening to numerous videos about such stars, it ...
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Does “Sure fix for conflicts” need a hyphen between “Sure” and “fix”?

A friend is using the tagline Sure fix for conflicts. He says sure fix needs a hyphen (Sure-fix). I'm not sure. Which is correct and why?
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Do I ever hyphenate adverbs when used with “based”? [duplicate]

I've seen it used both ways, but I'm wondering what is the proper way to punctuate phrases with adverbs and words like "based". example would be: academically-based instruction vs. academically based ...
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Hyphenation in “first century AD” etc as an adjective

I edit a lot of articles that contain phrases such as "A first century AD inscription..." or "First century BC writer Herodotus..." I know that a compound adjective before a noun is usually hyphenated,...
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nonclassical vs. non-classical

I've seen both spellings many times, i.e. on Wikipedia, Dictionary.com and dozens of papers. I was wondering if there is a difference between US, Canadian, Australian and British spelling or if you ...
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Questions about Unusual Hyphenations

I hope you are all well today. :) We all know that hyphenation is used in English in order to clear any confusion in a phrase or sentence. However, hyphens should not be used with 'ly' and "very" ...
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Four week supply or four-week supply [closed]

Should four week supply be hyphenated as four-week supply? Thanks!
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How can you determine whether a word with the pseudo- prefix should be hyphenated?

I am in a bit of a quandary over conflicting results in dictionary entries about the inclusion of a hyphen in some of the words containing the pseudo- prefix. An example of one of these words is ...
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“Proudly Sydney Based”: To hyphenate or not?

I want to check my understanding (or lack of it) about hyphenation. I find hyphens very confusing. I have a phrase "Proudly Sydney Based" for a headline. My understanding is that as written above ...
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“Carve-out” vs “Carve out” (as an action)

In the following sentence: We are confident we can carve out a comfortable portion of the market. Is carve out without a hyphen the only correct way of writing it? Or can it also be written as: ...