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Hyphens Answer Key

What is the best way to punctuate the following sentence?
  1. The class was comprised of thirty.two students.
  2. The class was comprised of thirty/two students.
  3. The class was comprised (of thirty_two students).
  4. The class was comprised of thirty-two students.
Choose the sentence with correct punctuation.
  1. Ms. Hernandez jumped up and down in class - her students earned 90% advanced and proficient!
  2. Ms. Hernandez jumped up and down in class (her students earned 90% advanced and proficient)!
  3. Ms. Hernandez jumped up and down in class... her students earned 90% advanced and proficient!
  4. Ms. Hernandez jumped up and down in class her students earned 90% advanced and proficient!
“All grownups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” - The Little Prince

In the quote above, which word is missing a hyphen?
  1. grownups
  2. children
  3. only few
  4. remember
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration." - Dune

In the quote above, the author demonstrates which rule about hyphens?
  1. Use a hyphen with specific prefixes and suffixes
  2. Write out compound numbers
  3. Join two or more words serving as a single descriptive word
  4. Avoid confusion or awkward combinations of letters
“I let him run on, this papier-maché Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my forefinger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.”

In the quote above, how does the author use hyphens?
  • Sample answer: The author uses a hyphen to connect two words that make up a single adjective papier-mache to describe the noun Mephistopheles.
“Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine dark deep, even so I will endure…” - The Odyssey

In the quote above, where should the author insert a hyphen?
  1. Between god and shall
  2. Between wine and dark
  3. Between dark and deep
  4. Between even and so
Aria is writing a letter. She wants to let the recipient know that they need to sign the form again. Should she write the word as re-sign or resign? Explain.
  • Sample answer:
    She should write the word as re-sign. Resign means to step down or quit and to avoid confusion between the two words, she must add a hyphen.
Xavier is writing about something he found on the beach. He wants to describe the outside as like a shell, but he isn't sure how to write it. Should he write shelllike, shell like, or shell-like? Explain.
  • Sample answer: Xavier needs to write it as shell-like because the two words are connected to form one adjective, but writing them as shelllike is confusing because of all of the ls.
When writing a poem, Jackson decides to write the word adorable using hyphens, such as a-dor-a-ble. Why does he do this?
  1. To highlight the syllables in the word
  2. To add more space to his poem
  3. To make the word look more unique
  4. To make his poem rhyme
Maurice is writing a paper and wants to fill in as much space as possible, but he runs out of room when writing the word playing. How could he hyphenate the word so he can include it on two lines?
  1. pla-ying
  2. pl-aying
  3. play-ing
  4. payi-ng

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