The hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark that has a variety of uses. It is most commonly used to connect the elements of certain compound words.
Hyphens may also be used:
- At a line break to mark the continuation onto the next line of a word, which has been interrupted.
- With numbers in typing or printing to mean "to and including," as in "pages 219-255" or "1964-97."
- To separate the letters of a word that has been spelled out letter by letter.
- Use the American form for s-u-l-f-u-r rather than the British s-u-l-p-h-u-r."
- To represent letters that have been deleted or words that are illegible.
- "He called me a bas---d."
- "Her name is Sheila -----."
- In writing, to convey the impression of stuttering or halting speech.
- "May I p-p-p-p--leeese have that c-c-c-cookie?"
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