To Hyphen, or Not to Hyphen…
I’ve been working on a cover letter for my first novel, more out of practice than anything else, but it encouraged me to revisit a question I never found an answer for. That is: Do I use a
If I were to use my novel’s title in a sentence, I could say something like “The God-chosen child.” and I would require a hyphen. This is because the description “God-chosen” comes before the noun, “child.”
Not to Hyphen
Conversely, if I were to *cringe* use passive voice *gasp!* and say “The child was God chosen.” I would not use a hyphen since, you guessed it, the description comes after the noun.
Now there are many other uses of hyphens, which I’ll not ramble about. Instead, I highly suggest you check out the Perdue Online Writing Lab on Hyphen Use. It’s very clear on every way you would ever need to use a hyphen. I don’t suggest the Wikipedia article on it unless you want a ton of convoluted and unnecessary information on hyphens, hyphenation, and dashes, which are apparently different from hyphens. Hush Wikipedia, it’s a line.
The more I type ‘hyphen’ the more I realize what a strange word it is. Hi, Fen!