1. Use hyphens for “made up” words, made by linking words together.
Example: a hard-to-get-to place
2. Check compound words in the dictionary.
Find out if they are properly written as one word, two words, or hyphenated.
3. To hyphenate words at the end of a line, check the dictionary for syllable breaks.
- Never hyphenate a one syllable word.
- Never hyphenate so that just one letter stands alone.
- If you are writing on a computer you can adjust your settings for hyphenating or no hyphenating.
Note: If your computer finds a word it doesn’t know how to hyphenate, you must tell it what to do. It may be simplest to just turn off the hyphenation.