Rules for using a hyphen between words

Compound Adjectives - The hyphen makes a difference
Have you ever wondered why they put a hyphen between different words in English?
Well don’t worry, this is sometimes a problem for native speakers of English too.

And, as you can see in the picture above, the use of a hyphen in English can make a difference in the meaning of what you are trying to say.

Check out our new article about Compound Adjectives in English which goes into great detail about using hyphens with adjectives (which is when the hyphen is used the most).

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-read article. šŸ™‚



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2 Responses to “Rules for using a hyphen between words”

  1. agnieszka 1 March, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I was wondering when I read that first sentence, What does it mean? Was a Man eaten by an alligator or An alligator ate some meal but no man? I am sorry for my mistakes.

    • woodward 2 March, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      I saw a man-eating alligator.
      “Man-eating” is an adjective. An adjective describes something. So here “man-eating” describes the type of alligator it is.
      What type of alligator is it? An alligator that eats men.
      Remember the adjective goes before the noun or thing it describes.

      Have you seen our notes about compound adjectives. It goes into more detail about this type of adjective.

      If you have any doubts just let me know.

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