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Hyphens - Glossary of Terms


A hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark used to join the separate parts of a compound word.


well-oiled (as in "well-oiled machine")
6-foot (as in "6-foot shark")

Hyphens can also be used when a word at the end of a line continues on to the next line.  The hyphen is used to show it is the same word.
Researchers have found a way to elim-
inate the need to keep milk cold.
(This is becoming rare in print due to modern word processors.)
Associated pages:
Alternatives to hyphens in compound adjectives
Hyphens in compound adjectives
Hyphens in compound nouns
Hyphens in prefixes
Glossary of grammatical terms

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