It’s stronger, it’s better: able to create new and never-seen-before words!
This may be a pretty feeble example, but it serves the purpose: hyphens do have the power to put words, or parts of words, together and turn them into something that everyone will understand. When you’re writing creatively, hyphens are invaluable for expressing yourself in unique ways; when you’re writing formally, the conventions are easy-enough to remember.
There’s rarely a case where a hyphen would be used so incorrectly that it would confuse the reader, so it’s always better to use one than to leave it out. The trick with hyphens is to use them sparingly. If you find yourself creating words every sentence or two, your reader might find that a little much to deal with as hyphens slow the reader down a little and make them pay attention to the new word.
- What Is A Hyphen?
- Hyphen Connecting Two Or More Words Functioning Together As An Adjective Before A Noun
- Hyphen With Compound Modifiers
- Hyphen With Noun, Adjective Or Adverb And Present Participle
- Hyphen With Compound Expressions
- Hyphen In Compound Expression With Noun And Past Participle
- Hyphen In Compound Adjective With Numbers
- Hyphen In Compound Adjective With High Or Low
- Hyphen In Compound Adjective With Comparatives Or Superlatives
- Hyphen In Compound Adjective With Fractions
- Hyphen In Compound Numbers
- Hyphen With Prefixes Ex- (Meaning Former), Self-, All-
- Hyphen With Suffix -Elect
- Hyphen Between A Prefix And A Capitalized Word