Posted by: episystechpubs | June 24, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Hyphens and -ly adverbs

Good morning, all. I hope this email finds you happy and healthy this Tuesday. Today I have a handy dandy rule for you that should help you with those pesky hyphenated words.

Rule: Do not hyphenate compound adjectives when the first word is an adverb that ends in –ly.

Examples:

· Incorrect: Johnny’s performance was unprofessional and his sorely-lacking technique made his dance routine difficult to watch.

· Correct: Johnny’s performance was unprofessional and his sorely lacking technique made his dance routine difficult to watch.

· Incorrect: The newly-formed tar bubble came up through the sidewalk at La Brea.

· Correct: The newly formed tar bubble came up through the sidewalk at La Brea.

· Incorrect: Sybil had a lovely, richly-furnished apartment on the East Side.

· Correct: Sybil had a lovely, richly furnished apartment on the East Side.

Father, son, and Lolly—get your adverbs here (click picture):

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory


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