The UVic Writer's Guide
Words That Are Always Spelled With A Hyphen
Words with prefixes or suffixes that need to be emphasized:
ex-husband, re-emphasize, President-elect.
Proper nouns with prefixes attached:
Groups of words which serve an
twentieth-century philosophy, never-ending story.
Note the difference between a
(noun) and a
Two-word numbers (between 21 and 99) and two-word fractions:
forty-one, thirty-fifth, four-fifths.
A larger number is written thus:
three hundred and sixty-five.
Compound adjectives containing numbers:
Words in which a suffix is appended to a single letter
To avoid double vowels and triple consonants
In a series of "suspensive," hyphenated words
three-, five-, and fifty-year-olds.
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Copyright, The Department of English, University of Victoria, 1995
This page updated September 21, 1995