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Test your knowledge on hyphen usage by taking up the quiz below. Hyphens can be used for a number of reasons, and the main reason in a sentence is to join two or more words serving as adjectives before a noun. Take this test and see how good you are when it comes to solving it. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Use hyphens for adjectives that come after a noun.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You only use hyphens for adjectives that come before a noun.

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  • 2. 

    Which is the correct version to say a bottle holding hot water?

    • A.

      Hot water bottle

    • B.

      Hot water-bottle

    • C.

      Hot-water bottle

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Hot-water bottle
    Explanation
    The first says the bottle is hot. The second is just incorrect. The third is correct because the water is hot, and the bottle is holding the water.

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  • 3. 

    Using line breaks, which option shows all of the correct possibilities to split the word "difficult?"

    • A.

      D-ifficult

    • B.

      Diff-icult

    • C.

      Difficul-t

    • D.

      Diff-i-cult

    Correct Answer
    D. Diff-i-cult
    Explanation
    Diff-i-cult is correct because you split words between syllables.

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  • 4. 

    You should never put the first or last letter of a word on a separate line.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It's awkward and incorrect according to Purdue OWL.

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  • 5. 

    Select all of the correct uses of hyphenation.

    • A.

      Anti-Russian

    • B.

      X-ray

    • C.

      Shelllike

    • D.

      Mid-1920s

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Anti-Russian
    B. X-ray
    D. Mid-1920s
    Explanation
    All but "shellike" are correct because they are single letters with words or they are a figure. Shelllike is incorrect because it is awkward and confusing to read.

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  • 6. 

    You would split the word mass-produced by putting "mass-" on one line and "produced" on the next line.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Already hyphenated words are split at the hyphen.

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  • 7. 

    All numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine must include a hyphen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Compound numbers in this range have hyphens.

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  • 8. 

    Which is an incorrect use of adjectives with hyphens in relation to a noun?

    • A.

      She is two-years-old.

    • B.

      This is a one-way street.

    • C.

      The author was well known.

    • D.

      My eight-year-old neighbor wrote a book.

    Correct Answer
    A. She is two-years-old.
    Explanation
    If the age is part of the phrase after a noun, it does not require a hyphen.

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  • 9. 

    You split the word "planning" with line breaks by hyphenating it as "plann-ing."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The hyphen goes between doubled consonants.

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  • 10. 

    Hyphens can really change the meaning of a word (i.e. resign vs re-sign).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Resign is leaving something while re-sign means having to sign something again.

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