Jul 18, 2016
- Rule 1
The current trend is to do away with unnecessary hyphens. Therefore, attach most prefixes and suffixes onto root words without a hyphen.
noncompliance copayment semiconscious fortyish
- Rule 2
Hyphenate prefixes when they come before proper nouns.
- Rule 3
Hyphenate prefixes ending in an a or i only when the root word begins with the same letter.
- Rule 4
When a prefix ends in one vowel and a root word begins with a different vowel, generally attach them without a hyphen.
- Rule 5
Prefixes and root words that result in double e’s and double o’s are usually combined to form one word.
- Rule 6
Hyphenate all words beginning with self except for selfish and selfless.
- Rule 7
Use a hyphen with the prefix ex.
His ex-wife sued for nonsupport.
- Rule 8
Use the hyphen with the prefix re only when:
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