Hyphens And Compound Adjectives

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What are hyphens used for in the English grammar? Just in case you don’t know, a compound adjective is used to join together two or more adjectives describing the same noun. Find out how well you know in the quiz below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Should you use a hyphen between syllables when dividing words at the end of the line?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 2. 
    You should divide already hyphenated words only at the hyphen.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    You should hyphenate when compound modifiers come after a noun.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Which of the following sentences demonstrates the correct use of hyphens?
    • A. 

      The firm was very impressed by his clear-headed approach.

    • B. 

      The firm was very impressed that his approach was clear-headed.

    • C. 

      The firm was very impressed by his clear headed-approach.

  • 5. 
    Where should you divide up the compound adjective, mass-produced, for a line break?
    • A. 

      After the first letter d in the word produced

    • B. 

      Between the words mass and produced. Divide it at the hyphen

    • C. 

      Between the first and second letter s in the word mass

  • 6. 
    Which of the following words are hyphenated correctly?
    • A. 

      Mis-informed

    • B. 

      Bi-monthly

    • C. 

      Co-worker

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Hyphens should never be used for compound numbers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Where should you hyphenate the word preference at the end of a line?
    • A. 

      Between the f and the second e

    • B. 

      Between the second r and the third e

    • C. 

      Both of the above

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following sentences illustrates the correct use of hyphens?
    • A. 

      After a long day at work, John sat on his couch and de-compressed.

    • B. 

      The final exam was all-inclusive and proved to be difficult for many students.

    • C. 

      Since he consumed a lot of sugar, he was very hyper-active.

  • 10. 
    Hyphens are useful for avoiding confusion or awkward combinations of letters. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False