A hyphen is a type of punctuation used to join two or more words that work together to form a combined meaning.

Examples of Hyphens

Hyphens are used in the following instances:

With numbers over twenty:

We ate twenty-two pizzas.

She owned forty-seven cats.

I only had ninety-four cents in my pocket.

With compound nouns:

His sister-in-law was staying with us.

Their child is a four-year-old.

That coffee was a good pick-me-up.

With compound adjectives:

The check-in time is not until this afternoon.

That was a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

Their house had a two-car garage.

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