Exercise—Inserting hyphens
Can you complete the following by inserting the hyphen in the correct place?

Correct answers:

1. A solid, all-round effort

2. The well-known actor

3. My six-year-old daughter

4. The out-of-print newspaper

Exercise on en dash

Which of the following show wrong usage of the en dash?

(a) The starting time is from 6:30–6:45 PM
(b) We’re closed between January–March
(c) Please refer to pages 75–110
(d) Here are the figures for 1999–2000

Correct answers: (a) and (b) are wrong usage. This is because the en dash represents a
range of values and thus replaces the need to use the word ‘from’ or ‘between’.

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