Hyṕhens Exercise (219)

Edit the following sentences for hyphen usage: add or delete hyphens as needed.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Don’t pay attention to anything he says; he’s a world class sexist.
Correct : Don’t pay attention to anything he says; he’s a world-class sexist.

"World-class" is a compound modifier describing a noun.

2.
Original: The accident victim was barely-conscious by the time the ambulance arrived.
Correct : The accident victim was barely conscious by the time the ambulance arrived.

No hyphen is necessary when an -ly adverb modifies an adjective.

3.
Original: Baxter was a Johnny come lately to the computing industry.
Correct : Baxter was a Johnny-come-lately to the computing industry.

Hyphens are needed with a compound noun.

4.
Original: The little boy was deliriously-happy to receive a collie puppy of his own to train.
Correct : The little boy was deliriously happy to receive a collie puppy of his own to train.

No hyphen is necessary when an -ly adverb modifies an adjective.

5.
Original: Lindsey Davis is a well known English author.
Correct : Lindsey Davis is a well-known English author.

"Well-known" is a compound modifier describing "English author."

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