what is a hyphen? what is it used for? Experts please help.

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The hyphen (‐) is a punctuation mark used to join words and to separate syllables of a single word.


  • clear-headed
  • low-budget
  • part-time
  • full-time
  • mother-in-law
  • twenty-one
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A short horizontal mark of punctuation ( - ) used between the parts of a compound word or name or between the syllables of a word when divided at the end of a line.

Don't confuse the hyphen (-) with the dash (—).

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The hyphen (-) is the small bar found on every keyboard. It has several related uses; in every case, it is used to show that what it is attached to does not make up a complete word by itself. The hyphen must never be used with white spaces at both ends, though in some uses it may have a white space at one end.

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