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    Hyphen

    "I won't be there until mid August."

    "I won't be there until mid-August."

    Is the hyphen necessary?

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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "I won't be there until mid August."

    "I won't be there until mid-August."

    Is the hyphen necessary?
    I'm not a teacher.

    The word "mid" is usually hyphenated, so "mid-August" is correct.
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    Re: Hyphen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "I won't be there until mid August."

    "I won't be there until mid-August."

    Is the hyphen necessary? I wouldn't use a hyphen in your sentence.
    But if the two words together form an adjective, it should be hyphenated.

    It will be discussed at the mid-August meeting.
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    Last edited by 2006; 13-Jul-2010 at 01:47.

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    Re: Hyphen

    I'd hyphenate mid-August.


    See this: Dr. Grammar's Frequently Asked Questions Page
    Mid- or just Mid?
    "In forming compounds, mid- is normally joined to the following word or element without a space or hyphen: midpoint. However, if the second element begins with a capital letter, it is separated with a hyphen: mid-May. It is always acceptable to separate the elements with a hyphen to prevent possible confusion with another form, as, for example, to distinguish mid-den (the middle of a den) from the word midden. The adjective mid is a separate word, and as is the case with any adjective, it may be joined to another word with a hyphen when used as a unit modifier: in the mid Pacific but a mid-Pacific Island" (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)

    or, my favorite reference, the OWL at Purdue:
    Purdue OWL
    Use a hyphen with the prefixes ex- (meaning former), self-, all-; with the suffix -elect; between a prefix and a capitalized word; and with figures or letters:
    ex-husband
    self-assured
    mid-September
    all-inclusive
    mayor-elect
    anti-American
    T-shirt
    pre-Civil War
    mid-1980s
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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