Year 8 Week 5: Hyphens
Hyphens look very similar to the dash but they are not the same. A hyphen is used to join words or parts of words together.
- a) They can be used to join a prefix to a root word where the root word begins with the same letter as the prefix ends with:
e.g. co-own re-enter
- b) They can also be used to join a prefix to a root word that would have a capital letter e.g.
pro-French post-Tudor pre-Elizabethan
- c) You also need hyphens to link words together where the meaning might otherwise be unclear.
A man eating squid. Would mean that a man was eating a squid!
A man-eating squid. Would be describing a squid that eats people!
- d) You would also use them to join words that rely on each other to make sense.
A three-year-old child
A used-car salesman