Tag: hyphen

  • A 5- to 10-Minute Primer on Suspensive Hyphenation

    A 5- to 10-Minute Primer on Suspensive Hyphenation

    A hyphen is a hyphen, right? Well, not exactly. Hyphens are commonly used to join compound words like full-time, part-time, third-grade, goal-oriented and so forth. Suspensive hyphenation refers to the use of a hyphen in phrases that function as adjectives or in noun phrases that share common words. Suspensive hyphens also shorten compound modifiers. I…

  • Hyphens and Dashes Demystified

    Hyphens and Dashes Demystified

    During a typical day, most writers work with a ridiculous number of words and punctuation marks that look alike and, for added fun, have similar uses or meanings. Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes are perfect examples. To me, these punctuation marks reflect either terrible planning or an intentional attempt to drive writers crazy. Even…