Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

Dashes are used to stress a certain point or to indicate an interruption in thought. Hyphens are used to separate a single word’s syllables or to join words. Slashes are commonly used in dates, fractions and to indicate “or”.

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Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

Do you hyphenate one of a kind?

You can.

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How do you hyphenate transportation?

You mean at the end of a line?

Well it depends on how much room you have hyphenate at a syllable is probably best. If you have little space before the end of the line don't hyphenate a word.

You could hyphenate like this trans-

portation.

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Is preselected hyphenated?

No, hardly ever.

Sometimes words that would have a double e might be hyphenated, like re-elect just to make them easier to read (reelect).

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What is a hyphen?

A single dash used to connect two words to create a compound word.
A hyphen is like a "dash". It is used when writing numbers (like forty-two) or in words such as mother-in-law, ex-wife, and president-elect. Often, it is hard to say whether or not a word is hyphenated. When in doubt, check a dictionary.

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Antibiotics
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

Does broad spectrum have a hyphen?

NO

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English Spelling and Pronunciation

Is daydream hyphenated?

daydream is one compound word, so you do not need a hyphen.

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Should ongoing be hyphenated?

No it shouldn't be hyphenated. It is one word.

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Is there a hyphen in make believe?

yes

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Computer Terminology
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

What is an 'em dash'?

"Em dash" is a printing/typesetting term, and it refers to a dash the width of the capital letter "M". The shorter dash is similarly referred to as an "en dash." There is also the hyphen, which is usually smaller than the en dash. With some modern day fonts, there wouldn't be much difference between the en dash and hyphen.

Em dash can be represented numerically using in HTML, or '\u2014' in Java.

En dash can be represented numerically using in HTML, or '\u2013' in Java.

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Does warm up need a hyphen?

If you are using it as a verb, you would never hyphenate. "She will warm up as soon as she reaches the cabin." When used in other ways, you might find it hyphenated or as a compound word, warmup. When used with the sense of warm-up exercises, I would usually use the hyphenated form.

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Is heartbeat a hyphenated word?

No...heartbeat is one word.

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Questions about WikiAnswers and Answers.com
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes
Chemical Bonding

Why when you enter a WikiAnswers lookup search does it save your history and re-enter what you put when you type similar letters?

Actually, when it "re-enters" or highlights your history search you can press the Delete button on your keyboard and delete the highlighted history and it is going to delete it.

Though, I must say that it's only going to delete that and nothing else. If you want to

get rid of that entire function, than I guess you can take advice from the previous answer.

AnswerThis isn't part of WikiAnswers, it's a function of your Web browser.

Internet Explorer, for example, saves the history of everything you enter in Web site forms. It's supposedly a benefit for you.

In IE, you can erase your history like this. Click on Tools > Internet Options > Content > Auto Complete > Clear Forms.. it also is a web form with a lot of information>

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Salary and Pay Rates
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes
The Difference Between

What are the advantages of being salaried and exempt versus non-exempt?

For the worker, being salaried and exempt means you're not entitled to demand the minimum wage, overtime pay rates and schedules, and other protections under child labor and equal pay, as prescribed by the federal government's FLSA law. For example, if you're salaried, your boss might ask you to work longer hours some nights or weekends and you won't get the same overtime pay for doing that that your hourly-waged friends would get. However, being salaried has many advantages. It's a steady income and chances are it means you have a better job with more of a career future. I agree with the above answer with one exception. Being salary exempt means you are exempted from the US laws covering overtime pay. It DOES NOT mean you are exempt from the minimum wage law. Since the 1980s, the courts have repeatedly upheld the finding that a salaried employee's rate MUST equal minimum wage. (Several companies, including Pizza Hut and Howard Johnsons, have lost class-action suits on this very matter. Your salary must exceed minimum for the average hours you work.) Salaried employees are expected to put in as many hours as necessary to get the job done. Often, they have higher overall earnings, more responsiblity and more potential for job growth than hourly workers. Be aware that in most salaried positions, working 42 hours this week doesn't mean you can work 38 the next week.

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Does the word 'outpatient' have a hyphen?

No. Through common usage, the words inpatient and outpatient no longer use the hyphen that characterized early spellings.

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Skin Care
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes
Periods Exclamation Points and Question Marks
Stretch Marks

Is it normal if you have a tattoo done with charcoal and a pin and a couple weeks later the area starts to look something like stretch marks?

This is a very risky way of doing a tattoo. It is obviously already too late for the "go to a professional" lecture.

Keep an eye on the skin around the tattoo; pain, inflammation, redness, swelling should be closely monitored, and if worsening occurs, you need to see a doctor- don't be ashamed, they've seen everything.

It sounds like you have begun to develop one of two things;

1) Keloid scarring. This scarring occurs most commonly when you have been tattooed too deeply. The result is a raised scar that is very hard to get rid of. To minimize scarring, rub unscented lotion containing vitamin E into the skin. Aloe helps soothe the skin, while vitamin E will reduce scarring. After the tattoo has healed, Bio Oil helps decrease discolouration associated with Keloids, but will not reduce the raised feeling of them much.

2) BLOOD POISONING- these lines could signify blood poisoning, from unclean materials and processes. See a doctor immediately- you could have a potentially fatal infection.

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English Spelling and Pronunciation
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

Is open ended a hyphenated word?

Yes, open-ended should be hyphenated

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Hobbies & Collectibles
Picture and Image Searches
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes
Periods Exclamation Points and Question Marks

What does the mark of Hazel Atlas glass look like?

It's an H with an A inside of it.

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US Civil War
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Baby Names
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

Would the names of drummer boys who were around 11 years old or so be listed on regimental rosters?

Yes. There were some exceptions in cases in which the drummer was not formally enlisted (and was more of a regimental mascot) but, in the vast majority of cases, any drummer, fifer, or other musician was carried on the regiments rolls as a full-fledged member of the unit, and was entitled to pay, uniform, allowances, pension, etc. The published regimental rosters were derived from the regiment's muster rolls, and would list each member of the regiment regardless of age.

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English Language
Grammar
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes
The Difference Between

Did you put a hyphen between the words hard and working?

Yes. "Hard-working" is a compound adjective, and therefore requires a hyphen between the two words. It is also correct to omit the hyphen and use the single word, "hardworking."

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Do you hyphenate 'mid century'?

  • The hyphen would be located between the mid and the century.
  • 'Mid-century'.
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How do you hyphenate the word communicate?

You shouldn't, since it is one word. For hyphenating over two lines, follow the normal rules; separate the word where a syllable ends. The places for this word are comm-un-ic-ate.

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Grammar
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

What is ndash?

An en dash is a mark of punctuation, like a hyphen, but longer. A hyphen is very short, an em dash is long, and an en dash is in between.

"En" is a measure of size. An en dash is half the width of an em dash. They are named for the capital letter M, which is the widest letter in a typographic font and thus sets a standard of the font, and the capital letter N, which in traditional type measure is half that width. Ens and ems can also measure spaces. For example, a bulleted list might be set with an em space after each bullet and before the start of text.

In use, an en dash is most commonly used for ranges such as with numbers and years. You might see the dates of a person's life listed as, for example, 1875-1960, meaning born in 1875 and died in 1960. In proper typography, that dash between the dates would be an en dash and not a hyphen. Likewise, a range of ages (children 6-8 years old), grades (K-12), sizes (fits size 9-10), and so on would normally be separated by an en dash.

Other uses that occur in print are typically more subtle and probably not necessary to understand unless you are interested in publishing conventions.

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Onomatopoeia
Compound Words

What are two onomatopoeic words you might hear in a zoo?

"Rawwrr" and "Fweeet" could be noises you might hear at a zoo.

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Forrest Gump

Where is the village in the Hovis Advert?

It's a location called Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Computer Terminology
Dashes Hyphens and Slashes

What is meant by hard hyphen and soft hyphen?

When flowing digital text, it is sometimes preferable to break a word in half so that it continues on another line rather than moving the entire word to the next line. Since it is difficult for a computer program to automatically make good decisions on when to hyphenate a word, the concept of a soft hyphen was introduced to allow manual specification of a place where a hyphenated break was allowed without forcing a line break in an inconvenient place if the text was later reflowed. In contrast, a hyphen that is always displayed and printed is called a hard hyphen (though some use this term to refer to a non-breaking hyphen). Soft hyphens are most useful when the width of the column where the text is displayed is very narrow, because longer words in a sentence tend to force a line break in the text, leaving a lot of white space at the end of the line. By inserting soft hyphens into the text at the positions where hyphenation may occur, the text can flow better into columns leaving less remaining white space at the end of the lines.

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