Compounds with Prefixes Exercise (173)

As a general rule, compounds created by the addition of a prefix are not hyphenated. For example, anteroom, antisocial, pseudointellectual. Exceptions exist. For example, when a prefix is added to a capitalized word or to a number, a hyphen is required: un-American, post-Freudian, pre-1940.

Edit the following sentences to add or delete hyphens as necessary.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: When I have to drive on the highway, I am terrified of passing one of those super-tankers.
Correct : When I have to drive on the highway, I am terrified of passing one of those supertankers.

No hyphen is needed.

2.
Original: American popular culture reflects a strong antiintellectual bias.
Correct : American popular culture reflects a strong anti-intellectual bias.

A hyphen is needed to separate two identical vowels.

3.
Original: In the context of American history, the term antebellum refers to the preCivil War period.
Correct : In the context of American history, the term antebellum refers to the pre-Civil War period.

When a prefix is added to a capitalized word or phrase, a hyphen is needed. Civil War, however, is not hyphenated. Antebellum, literally, "before the war," follows the general rule.

4.
Original: Don’t go into the kitchen; Jack and Jane are having another pro-choice vs prolife discussion.
Correct : Don’t go into the kitchen; Jack and Jane are having another pro-choice vs pro-life discussion.

The hyphen is needed to avoid reading difficulty.

5.
Original: Some educators believe that the emphasis on a multi-cultural curriculum has watered down the teaching of Western culture.
Correct : Some educators believe that the emphasis on a multicultural curriculum has watered down the teaching of Western culture.

No hyphen is needed.

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