ACT English 3.2 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 3, Problem 2. How should we properly hyphenate the words in this sentence?
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They are also used to combine compound modifiers, or words that modify the interpretation of
a sentence's subject...as long as they come before that subject.
Let's check out the use of hyphens in the original sentence.
Chocolate-covered seems legit, but what about hard-centered?
This one comes after the subject, so it doesn't work. Again - hyphens can only be used to
combine modifiers that come before the subject. In D, the hyphen doesn't come between two
compound modifiers, it comes between one of the compound modifiers and the subject.
So, this one is outta there. C has the same problem as the original
sentence. The hyphen can only be used in front of the noun to combine modifiers, but hard-centered
is after the subject. And we're left with B. This uses a hyphen
only between the words before the subject.
These things sound delicious, but, of course, they'll still need to be deep-fried.