Writing: A College Handbook - Spelling, Hyphen, Apostrophe (Ch. 34)


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If you’re writing with a computer and have access to a spell-check program, use it. Use a hyphen to divide a long word at the end of a line; to form a compound of three or more words; and to form a compound adjective. Use an apostrophe plus -s to form the possessive of nouns and abbreviations that do not end in “s”; to form the possessive with singular compound nouns; to form the possessive of certain indefinite pronouns; to form the possessive nouns or pronouns followed by gerunds; in common phrases of measurement; and to form the plurals shown above in 34.6, items 8 and 9. Use an apostrophe to form the possessive of plural nouns ending in “s”, to mark the omission of a letter or letters in a contraction; to mark the omission of numbers in dates; and in common phrases of time.

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