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Exercise using the hyphen.

Decide which of these sentences uses the hyphen correctly.

1

a) 'Hands up!! This is a hold-up.'
b) He decided to hold-up the bank.
c) Could you hold-up the picture for me.
d) We were stuck in the huge hold-up on the M5.
a) Fantastic!! Hold up is a noun and needs a hyphen. a) Try again. Hold up is a noun.b) Fantastic!! Hold up is a verb here and does not need a hyphen.b) Try again. Hold up is a verb. c) Fantastic!! Hold up is a verb here and does not need a hyphen.c) Try again. Hold up is a verb. d) Fantastic!! Hold up is a noun and needs a hyphen. d) Try again. Hold up is a noun.
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2

a) He lived in the eighteenth-century.
b) He had always been interested in the eighteenth-century.
c) He was fascinated by eighteenth-century history.
d) I love eighteenth-century architecture.
a) Correct. Eighteenth century is an adjective-noun combination here.a) No. Eighteenth century is an adjective-noun combination here.b) Correct. Eighteenth century is an adjective-noun combination here.b) No. Eighteenth century is an adjective-noun combination here.c) Correct. Eighteenth century is an adjective here.c) No. Eighteenth century is an adjective here.d) Correct. Eighteenth century is an adjective here.d) No. Eighteenth century is an adjective here.
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3

a) His self-esteem was very low.
b) I hate self-assembly furniture.
c) He maintained his self-imposed silence.
d) It was clearly a case of self-defence.
a) Correct. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. a) No. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. b) Correct. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. b) No. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. c) Correct. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. c) No. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. d) Correct. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen. d) No. Anything with self, noun or adjective, needs a hyphen.
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4

a) I prefer off-the-peg suits.
b) Could you take my coat off-the-peg?
c) I was made-to-measure the length of the classroom.
d) I prefer made-to-measure suits.
a) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is an adjective.a) Wrong. The hyphenated phrase is an adjective.b) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.b) Wrong. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.c) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.c) Wrong. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.d) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is an adjective.d) Wrong. The hyphenated phrase is an adjective.
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5

a) The traffic was building-up badly.
b) He did not like being told-off.
c) I am going to finish-off that plate of chips.
d) Could you mop-up that mess in the corner please.
a) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.a) Think again. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.b) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.b) Think again. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.c) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.c) Think again. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.d) Well done. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.d) Think again. The hyphenated phrase is not an adjective.
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