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Hyphens

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Hyphens can be used in compound words, to join prefixes to other words and to show word breaks.

Hyphens can show that words have a combined meaning. This can help us to avoid ambiguity.

For example,

A first-half goal (a goal scored in the first half) vs. A first half goal (the first time part of a goal has been scored).

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For example,

A first-half goal (a goal scored in the first half) vs. A first half goal (the first time part of a goal has been scored).

Remember, don’t confuse hyphens with dashes.

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Your Turn…

1. What is a hyphen?
A punctuation mark used to form compound words
A punctuation mark used to form groups of clauses
A punctuation mark used to form sentences

2. Which other punctuation mark does a hyphen resemble?
An apostrophe
A comma
A dash

3. Why are hyphens useful?
They can help avoid ambiguity
They can help us remember capitals
They can help description

4. Which sentence has two words that should be hyphenated?
David is absent minded.
David is forgetful.
David has a bad memory.

5. Which sentence has two words that should be hyphenated?
There’s a half eaten sandwich on the plate.
There’s a cake there.
There’s an apple.

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