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April 12, 2012



I like the AP style with the hyphen. I run into a similar hyphenation problem in my IT job. Often someone encounters a problem with software which I then must create again, or "re-create." Without the hyphen you have the very different word "recreate."

Randy Averill

This subject has confused me for a while. Thank you for bringing clarity. I like the AP style because of its consistency.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, "Ambivalent" and Randy.

I normally like consistency too. Yet I resist having hyphens where they don't seem necessary. The words "re-edit" and "re-elect" just seem overpunctuated to me.

Thanks for your views. Maybe I will come around to consistency yet.



I also prefer AP style. Punctuation should facilitate understanding. Any reader can easily understand the meaning of the hyphenated words you've listed. Without the hyphens, maybe readers will understand the words, maybe they won't.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Diane. Your point makes good sense.


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