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The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course
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Lesson Nine

Punctuation Within A Sentence


lesson on hyphens

Setting: Haig-Brown Heritage House

"The hyphen is used within a sentence to show a separation between parts of a word. The hyphen is like a railway crossing sign. Just as a railway crossing sign tells us that a junction is ahead, so a hyphen tells us that words are joined.  A hyphen is more a mark of spelling than of punctuation."   Marie takes us to the riverside Heritage Home of the late author, fly-fishing expert, and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown.  As we tour around the grounds Marie makes up examples using forget-me-nots, the trees surrounding the property, a trellised garden gate, apples freshly picked from the old orchard, Haig-Brown's name, facts about Haig-Brown's accomplishments, and quotes from his writings, to teach the seven basic ways to use the hyphen.

These uses are: to join parts of compound words, to separate the syllables of a word divided at the end of a line, to separate a prefix from a word with a similar vowel, to separate a prefix from a proper noun, to avoid confusion with a different word, to express numbers and fractions in words, and to express time in words.   

Featured Music
Goldberg Variation 6 (Bach)
Mazurka Opus 7 No. 2 (Chopin)
Mazurka Opus 68 No. 2 (Chopin)
Valse Opus 64 No. 2 (Chopin)
Valse Opus 69 No. 1 (Chopin)


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