Common mistake Missing hyphen: number + page/step/star

Common Mistake: Missing Hyphen in Compound Words

One common mistake that many people make in their writing is forgetting to include a hyphen in compound words. Compound words are formed when two or more words are joined together to create a new meaning. For example, "compound word" is a compound word itself, as it combines the words "compound" and "word."

Not using a hyphen where it is needed in compound words can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. It is important to know when to use a hyphen to ensure clarity in your writing.

When to Use a Hyphen

A hyphen is used in the following situations:

  • Number words: When combining a number with a noun, a hyphen should be used. For example, "twenty-one guests" or "three-legged table."
  • Page/step/star numbers: When expressing a range of page numbers, steps, or star ratings, a hyphen should be used. For example, "pages 5-10," "step-by-step instructions," or "five-star hotel."
  • Compound modifiers: When two or more words are used together to modify a noun, a hyphen should be used. For example, "high-quality product," "well-known author," or "state-of-the-art technology."

By using hyphens correctly in compound words, you can avoid confusion and ensure that your writing is clear and easy to understand.

Linguix grammar checker is a useful tool that can help you identify and correct missing hyphens in your writing, along with other grammar and spelling mistakes.

Missing hyphen: number + page/step/star mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Please check my 4 page survey.

    Please check my 4-page survey.

  • Incorrect:
    I spend my vacation only in five star hotels.

    I spend my vacation only in five-star hotels.

  • Correct:
    I would recommend this 5-star restaurant.
  • Correct:
    My 2 step daughters hate me.
  • Correct:
    I received 5 stars on GitHub.
  • Correct:
    On 6 July 2017, the Spanish Wikipedia exceeded 100,000,000 page edits.
  • Correct:
    Facebook reached one trillion page views in the month of June 2011.
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    Let Q be a set enclosed between two step regions S and T. A step region is formed from a ...
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