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Part: III Appendixes > hyphen (-)

hyphen (-)

Avoid hyphenation. Excessive use of the hyphen tends to distract from a letter's message and does not add to its appearance. Consult a dictionary on the proper hyphenation of words when you must hyphenate.

  1. Insert a hyphen in compound adjectives preceding a noun: absentminded office manager.

  2. Insert a hyphen in compound numerals: twenty-one through ninety-nine.

  3. Avoid using a hyphen at the end of the first line or the last full line of a paragraph.


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