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EDIT ME — hyphens

quote mark

 

I’m going to break my posts on HYPHENS into at least 2 weeks.

On this EDIT ME, I’m talking about when to use a hyphen with a prefix.

If you’re using one of these prefixes, DO NOT use a hyphen:

non

un

in

dis

co

anti

hyper

pre

re

post

out

bi

counter

de

semi

mis

mega

micro

inter

over

under

Examples:

non — nonemergency

un — unaccomodated

in — inaccessibility

dis — disorder

co — coagent

anti — antiaging

hyper — hyperaware

pre — preconception

re — reposition

post — postoperative

out — outact

bi — biannually

counter — counterproductive

de — desensitize 

semi — semiautomatic 

mis — misconception

mega — megabyte

micro — microchip

inter — interactive

over — override

under — underestimate

EXCEPTIONS:

When the second word is capitalized. ie: un-American

Certain words haven’t merged: pre-owned, de-emphasize

Certain words become a different word without hyphen: CO-OP would look like COOP

All words with ANTI- and beginning with I. ie: anti-inflammatory

Next EDIT ME — using hyphens in expressions where words have been linked to express one idea…

Say what???

Thanks for reading,

Em~

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