Make Your Writing Flow With Speed and Grace
We use hyphens to connect two or more words to make a single adjective before a noun. The “rules” for using hyphens are flexible and people often disagree when it is and isn’t correct to use them.
- A well-known writer
- A one-way street
- A lemon-yellow t-shirt
Note: When we use the compound adjective after the noun, it cannot be hyphened.
- The writer is well known
- The street is one way
- The t-shirt is lemon yellow
You can use a hyphens with compound numbers:
- 49 = forty-nine
- 72 = seventy-two
- 36 = thirty-six
You can use a hyphen with ex-, self-, all-, pre-, mid-
- pre-moon landing
You can use hyphens to make your writing flow more but it’s very important the you don’t over-use them. I often use hyphens to add-a-bit-of-rhythm to my writing, but remember, many people will not always like it!