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    Using Punctuation: Hyphen Between Numbers in a Fraction

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    A hyphen is used between the numerator and denominator of a fraction, but not when one or both of those elements are already hyphenated.

    one-third       seven-eights
    twenty-one thirty-seconds

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    Using Punctuation: Hyphen to Join Letters and Words

    Friday, April 08, 2011

    A hyphen is used to join a capital or lowercase letter to a noun or a participle.

    O-ring       G-rated       x-axis
    x-rayed       L-shaped       A-frame

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    Using Punctuation: Hyphen to Make a Compound Noun

    Monday, April 04, 2011

    A hyphen can be used to create a compound noun.

    secretary-treasurer       city-state

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    Using Punctuation: Hyphen to Join Words in Compound Numbers

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    A hyphen is used to join compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine when they must be written out. A hyphen is also used when the numbers in a ratio are spelled out.

    twenty-one       sixty-six
    "There are some people who, in a fifty-fifty proposition, insist on getting the hyphen, too." —Laurence J. Peter

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    Using Punctuation: Colon to Introduce a List

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    A colon is used to introduce a list.

    A good employee needs two things: a good attitude and a willingness to learn.

    Note: Don't use a colon to introduce a list if no summary words are used. (The summary words two things appear in the sentence above; there are no summary words in the sentence below.)

    A good employee needs a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

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