Hyphen Needed?

Other than a word being forced apart by the right margin, I have no idea when to put a hyphen between words. Thanks to Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner, I now know the rules.

  • Use hyphen before the noun:
    – Gail is the blond-haired gal
  • No hyphen after the noun:
    – Gail is blond haired.
  • Alway hyphen:
    self-, quasi-
  • No hyphen:
    – Make sense before a noun even when each is used on its own.
    – Marty is a happy healthy boy.

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