Hyphens with Common Prefixes
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. Therefore, the correct answer is nonalcoholic beverages.
|Exception: When adding the common prefix will create a double i or double a, use a hyphen.|
|Exception: When common prefixes are attached to hyphenated compounds, they take hyphens too.|
|Note: The prefix non has a hyphen following because it is attached to a proper noun.|
Posted on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, at 9:09 am