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Author: Kathy Hanley

    Introduce hyphens, why they are used, and common errors with hyphens.


    Explain standard rules for hyphenating numbers.


    Explain standard rules for hyphenating compound nouns and compound adjectives. 


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to use correct punctuation and who is confused about when to incorporate hyphens.  It will introduce hyphens and explain when they are commonly used in English composition.

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The Hyphen

The hyphen is a punctuation mark that follows specific guidelines for correct spelling of compound words and words that work together as an adjective.  The hyphen is used when writing forms of fractions and compound numbers.  You should hyphenate words with the prefixes all-, ex-, and self- and with the suffix -elect.  A hyphen is also used to divide words at the end of the line of typing or hand-written pieces.

Source: Kathleen Hanley

How to Use Hyphens

The video gives clear instructions on how and when to use hyphens.