Apa quick Reference Guide Barton College



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Words that are always hyphenated:

  • Any compound words with self- as the prefix (self-report, self-talk, self-esteem)

  • Two words acting as a compound adjective to modify a third word

  • (low-dosage group, 12th-grade students, a two-thirds majority)

  • Any word easily misunderstood without a hyphen

    • (re-pair for pairing again, re-form for form again)

  • (non-Latino, post-1990, anti-FBI rally)

Do not hyphenate:

  • (African American, European American, Arab American, Scot Irish)

  • Compound adjectives that include an adverb ending in -ly

  • Compounds that include a comparative or superlative adjective

(better written text, less informed group, higher order analysis, worst case scenario)





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