#GRAMMARTRIVIA: The Use of Hyphen (-)

Howdy, fellas! How’s your Monday going? I hope it’s going great! :)

Anyway, in this session, I’d like to discuss the use of hyphen (-). Here we go! #GrammarTrivia

The hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark used to link words or part of words. Its main purpose is to glue words together. #GrammarTrivia

Hyphen is used in various ways. One of them is its use in compound words (compound adjectives, compound nouns and compound verbs). #GrammarTrivia

Compound adjective is a single adjective formed from two or more words. They’re linked by a hyphen to show that they’re part of the same adjectives. #GrammarTrivia

Compound adjectives: 1) ‘good-looking’ man, 2) ‘sugar-free’ coffee, 3) ‘bad-tempered’ person, 4) ‘four-bedroom’ house, etc. #GrammarTrivia

Compound noun consists of two component nouns. In this case, a compound noun can actually be written in one of three different ways. #GrammarTrivia

It can be written in one word, two words, or in a hyphenated-word. See the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

Compound nouns: 1) aircrew, air crew, or air-crew, 2) playgroup, play group, or play-group, 3) chatroom, chat room, or chat-room. #GrammarTrivia

Hyphen can also be used in a compound verb. Use a hyphen for two combined nouns that work as a verb. For example: to ice-skate. #GrammarTrivia

Further, you should use hyphen for a phrasal verb that is made into a noun. For example: There was a build-up of traffic on the main road. #GrammarTrivia

In addition to its use in compound words, a hyphen can also be used in other conditions. Study the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

It is used with prefixes that come before a word that needs a capital letter, like “anti-American”. #GrammarTrivia

It is used when separating words with the same three letters in a row, such as “fall-like”. #GrammarTrivia

It is used when writing numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine, such as “thirty-nine”, “fifty-eight”, etc. #GrammarTrivia

Therefore, that’s how we should use hyphen (-) in English. It’s simple, isn’t it? :) #GrammarTrivia

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Source: English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press) and Oxford Dictionaries.

Compiled and written by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on June 30th, 2014.

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