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    Question hyphenated words

    which is the correct rule for the use of the hyphenated words ending in on as in (clip-on, snap-on, roll-on, instant-on, etc.) and when to use it correctly.


    I know that the preposition on is used to indicate a position above relating with a surface or something else.

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    Re: hyphenated words

    Technically hyphens are used to connect words that otherwise would not be joined, as in your examples. These days they're not used so often though. In general I advise using them for phrasal adjectives and not bothering with anywhere else.

    e.g.
    "My soon-to-be wife"
    "A punched-up face"
    "There was a punch up in the yard"

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