I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten points knocked off of a paper’s score because of hyphen misuse. Here are a few golden rules:
- If you aren’t sure a compound noun is two words, look it up! The dictionary is one of the best friends you could ever have. If your new best friend doesn’t have the word, use a hyphen.
- When using more than one adjective as a single thought, use a hyphen to separate them before the noun.
- If you can correctly use ‘and’ between two adjectives, do so and skip the hyphen.
- For numbers, always hyphenate the compound numerals when writing them out.
Those are a few of the rules that won’t steer you wrong.
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