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Hyphens

Use hyphens to avoid confusion:
 
Mother to be asked… is not the same as Mother-to-be asked.
 
Use hyphens to distinguish between similar words, such as:
  • reform and re-form
  • resign and re-sign
Hyphens can also be used:
  • in double-barrelled adjectives, such as middleaged
  • in phrases, such as t-shirt, door-to-door
  • to avoid words with two consonants or vowels together, such as pre-empt, shell-like

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