Should we use a hyphen with a common prefix such as non or un? For example, is it non-alcoholic beverages or nonalcoholic beverages?
Generally, with common prefixes, you do not need to use a hyphen unless it would avoid possible confusion. Therefore, most writers would write nonalcoholic beverages.
preexisting (some writers would write pre-existing)
posttest (some writers would write post-test)
|Exception: As the above examples suggest, when adding a prefix creates a double vowel or double consonant, many writers use a hyphen.|
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 9:09 am22 Comments on Hyphens with Common Prefixes