What is a Hyphen? - Rules & Examples


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A hyphen is used to _____.

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Which hyphen rule is demonstrated in this sentence?

The Queen of England turned ninety-nine years old today.


Where does a hyphen belong in the sentence below?

Layla is an arrogant, self possessed, and generally bossy person.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is made up of questions on hyphens and their application in written language. You'll be challenged with general information on this element of language as well as its place within example sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet includes questions dealing with the following:

  • What a hyphen is used for
  • The rules of hyphens
  • The correct location of a hyphen within example sentences

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you've drawn key information from the lesson on how a hyphen is used
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to correctly place hyphens within sample sentences
  • Making connections - use your understanding to identify the hyphen rules used within other example sentences

Additional Learning

To study this punctuation tool further, you can check out the corresponding lesson titled What is a Hyphen? - Rules & Examples. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between a hyphen and a dash
  • Know what constitutes a compound adjective and number
  • Familiarize yourself with the five rules of using hyphens