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    Hyphenation

    Hi

    I have a word 'prevented' (past participle of prevent). Automatic hyphenation suggests 'preven-ted' but it doesn't feel right.

    What would be the hyphenation rules in case of e.g present and past participles. Are the following correct and are there any other possibilities of hyphenating these words:
    prevented: pre-vented
    preventing: pre-venting
    omitted: omit-ted
    omitting: omit-ting
    suggested: sug-gested
    suggesting: sug-gesting

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    Re: Hyphenation

    The only time any of these words would be commonly hyphenated would be with the old-time typewriters or when writing longhand. When you get to the margin, long words have to be broken between syllables, and the hyphen is how you know the word is continued on the next line.

    That said, there is a case where your first two examples could be hyphenated- when the reference is to venting, and the venting was done before the time referenced.

    'The kitchen exhaust hood came from the factory pre-vented.'

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    Re: Hyphenation

    Sorry, if my question was not clear. What I referred to is exactly the hyphenation at the end of the line (it doesn't happen only in longhand or with old-school typewriters).

    Hyphenation in many text editors suggests that the word 'prevented' should be hyphenated 'preven-ted'. As my layout of the page requires hyphenation, what is the correct way to hyphenate the word 'prevented'? I'd hyphenate it 'pre-vented', not 'preven-ted'.

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    Re: Hyphenation

    If you really must break a word, break it into its natural parts: pre-vent-ed.

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