Tag: suspensive hyphenation

  • 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…