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  1. zaed_salah's Avatar
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    Compound words with and without hyphen

    Hi all.

    I am confused in using the hyphen in compound words, I understand that we use
    a hyphen with compound words with two or more syllables, and we can drop it with words with one syllable. But, I do see many words not adhere with tis rule.
    Please anyone can explain this to me; what is the rule of using the hyphen in compund words ??, and when can I drop it?.
    I have some for example: eyewitness or eye-witness. Fiisrthand or first-hand.
    Giveaway or give-away. kickoff or kick-off.

    Thanks in advance

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