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  1. Anonymous
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    Use of a hyphen

    Hi,

    What is the correct way to use the prefix "re" with words that start with a vowel? Examples include:
    realign or re-align
    readjust or re-adjust
    reemphasize or re-emphasize

    I cannot find a rule that addresses this. Various sources use either one or the other method.

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    Re: Use of a hyphen

    Oxford Dictionary of Current English
    "re-" is normally used to distinguish a compound from a more familiar word[/quote], like this,

    Familiar word: align
    Compound: re-align

    Familiar word: adjust
    Compound: re-adjust

    Familiar word: emphasize
    Compound: re-emphasize

    All the best,

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