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    I read the uses of hyphen in a Business English book. One usage confuses me.
    " A hyphen may also be used to divide a word at the end of a line. this should only be done between syllables. ( Therefore,one syllable words may NOT be hyphenated"

    Can anyone give me an example?

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    Examples of what? Give cannot be hyphenated; it is monosyllabic. Given can be hyphenated thus-- giv-en-- because it is disyllablic. Normally, we do this only when the line runs out of spaces, and we must move to the next. Modern printing usually justifies: that is, it adjusts the width of the spaces between printed words so that hyphenation is no longer necessary.
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