Re: Le Old Questions
Hello, OP. I am here to help.
Firstly, do not confuse hyphens with dashes. They are both mistakenly intertwined by many. Hyphens are used specifically with words, and Em dashes seperate clauses, or set up an appositive. But mostly, the fallacy occurs during reference.
The common rule for using a hyphen, naturally, is to be conscious of context. When deciding whether or not to hyphenate words, such as the ones above, look at the amount of adjectives. It is commonplace for an adjective to modify another.
Example: Dark-blue hair; the hyphen is required to infer that the hair is a certain shade of blue. Opposed to the hair is blue, and is dark.
Respectively, to set aside ambiguity: Low-fitting jeans.
Some words that are constantly hyphenated, may have been formally compressed to compound words. Try combining them together and allow spellcheck to point out error.
You will not find yourself using hyphens very often. However, numbers are specifically used in conjunction with the hyphen when referring to a finite amount or age:
As stated before, writers tend to avoid such usage by rewording:
The tank can hold five gallons.
The young boy, who was only seven, helped his father. (Usually only works for single-digit ages)
I hope this helped.
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