Test Your Knowledge On The Correct Use Of Hyphens.

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  • 1. 

    Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

    • A.

      The television show was about man eating sharks.

    • B.

      The television show was about man-eating sharks.

    • C.

      The television-show was about man eating sharks.

    Correct Answer
    B. The television show was about man-eating sharks.
    Explanation
    The second answer is correct because the hyphen is used in the compound adjective before the noun.

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  • 2. 

    Hyphens should not be used when using compound numbers between 21 and 99.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The correct answer is false. Hyphens should be used when using numbers between 21 and 99.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following sentences are misusing hyphens?

    • A.

      The books found in the attic are dust-covered.

    • B.

      The dust-covered books were found in the attic.

    • C.

      I won a twenty-five dollar gift card at the raffle event.

    • D.

      At the raffle event I won a twenty five dollar gift-card.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The books found in the attic are dust-covered.
    D. At the raffle event I won a twenty five dollar gift-card.
    Explanation
    The correct answers are the first and last options. The first option uses the hyphen in the compound adjective after the noun which is a misuse of the hyphen. The last option has a hyphen where is should not be used. Instead the hyphen should be within the compound number. The second and third options are correctly using hyphens.

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  • 4. 

    Which sentence correctly uses a hyphen?

    • A.

      My son made the A-list in his kindergarten class this week.

    • B.

      My son made the A list in his kindergarten class this week.

    • C.

      My son made the A list in his kinder-garten class this week.

    Correct Answer
    A. My son made the A-list in his kindergarten class this week.
    Explanation
    The first option is the correct answer because the hyphen is used when a letter is added to the beginning of the word "list."

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  • 5. 

    He gave me a ____________ look when I suggested skydiving as our next adventure.

    Correct Answer
    wide-eyed
    Explanation
    The term "wide-eyed" is correctly hyphenated to describe a compound adjective, where two or more words are combined to modify a noun ("look," in this case) and express a single concept. Hyphens are often used in compound adjectives before nouns to clarify that the words work together as a unit of meaning, avoiding ambiguity.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following phrases should contain a hyphen?

    • A.

      Pre historic

    • B.

      Post graduate degree

    • C.

      Mid December

    Correct Answer
    C. Mid December
    Explanation
    mid-December correctly uses a hyphen because a prefix added to a word that must be capitalized requires a hyphen after the prefix.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

    • A.

      We ate chocolate filled pastries for desert.

    • B.

      We ate chocolate-filled pastries for dessert.

    • C.

      We ate pastries for dessert that were chocolate-filled.

    Correct Answer
    B. We ate chocolate-filled pastries for dessert.
    Explanation
    The second option is grammatically correct because the hyphen is used in a compound adjective that is used before the noun.

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  • 8. 

    Select the following sentence(s) that correctly use a hyphen.

    • A.

      Football is an injury-prone sport.

    • B.

      Football is an injury prone sport.

    • C.

      Football players are more prone-to-injury.

    Correct Answer
    A. Football is an injury-prone sport.
    Explanation
    The first option is the only correct option because the compound adjective is before the noun and contains the hyphen.

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  • 9. 

    When should a hyphen be used?

    • A.

      Within a compound adjective that comes after a noun.

    • B.

      Within a compound adjective that comes before a noun.

    • C.

      Both the first and second option are correct.

    • D.

      None of the above are correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Within a compound adjective that comes before a noun.
    Explanation
    The second option is correct. A hyphen should only be used within a compound adjective that comes before a noun.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following sentences contains a correctly placed hyphen?

    • A.

      There are fifty-five students enrolled for the course.

    • B.

      There are fifty five students enrolled for the course.

    • C.

      There are fifty five-students enrolled for the course.

    Correct Answer
    A. There are fifty-five students enrolled for the course.
    Explanation
    The first answer is correct because the compound number contains a hyphen.

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