hyphen (Hyphenated Compound Nouns (used with family members that are in…
Hyphenated Compound Nouns
used with family members that are in-laws.
His self-esteem plummeted after losing the contest.
My daughter loves to ride the merry-go-round at the amusement park.
Our two-year old is very active.
My eight-month old is eating solid food.
My mother-in-law is very picky.
Hyphens in Numbers
My husband will be forty-two next month.
I need one-third cup of sugar.
The pot is only two-fifths full.
We took a 14-day cruise around the Caribbean islands.
Our 12-year old dog passed away last week.
The athlete wants to re-sign with the team.
(Here re-sign means to sign a contract again with his team.)
The athlete wants to resign.
(Here resign means to quit.)
We need to re-cover our sofa. It has too many stains.
(Here re-cover means to out a new cover on the sofa.)
We need to recover our sofa. It was stolen during the burglary.
(Here recover means to get back something that was stolen.)
Hyphenated Compound Adjectives
He is a
The surgeon is well respected.
She is a
teacher is this area.
The teacher is well known in this area.
She lives in an
Her apartment is off campus.
Hyphens with Prefixes
If the prefix ends in a vowel and the base word starts with a vowel,
a hyphen is put in between the prefix and the base word.
The senator was re-elected.
He has a license to carry a semi-automatic weapon.
if the prefix is "ex-" or "self-".
She is my ex-wife.
I am self-employed.
used to indicate a break or a pause in the sentence.
You may think you're the greatest - you're really not.
Oliver - the world's greatest dog - passed away yesterday.
Kate - my one and only true friend - came out to support me today.