What is a hyphen?
A hyphen is a short dash which is used to link words together. It acts like a glue.
When do we use hyphens?
1- Hyphens are used in compound words. They make the meaning of the words clearer and show us that we need to read both words together to find their combined meaning.
2- Hyphens are used to denote word breaks and avoid confusion.
de-ice (rather than deice).
semi-illiterate (rather than semiilliterate).
3- Hyphens are used when adding a prefix to another word.
Re-enter (re- ends with 'e' and enter begins with 'e')
Co-operate (co- ends with 'o' and operate begins with 'o')
4- Hyphens are also used for numbers:
For this set of activities, you will be asked to choose where the hyphen should be placed in a given word.
Here is an example:
Where should the hyphen be placed in the word reexamine?
ree-xamine / reex-amine/ re-examine
The answer is re-examine.