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Understand When to use Hyphens

In this worksheet, students will learn how to use hyphens.

'Understand When to use Hyphens' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Hyphens to Clarify

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

A hyphen is just a short line -

But, it's a useful line that we can use to join parts of words or two words together.




Twit-twoo! When would I need do that?"


Good question, Little Owl!


You can use hyphens to:

1. Join two adjectives together, to help make a compound adjective (a big adjective) to give better descriptions.

"Don't be so short-tempered!"


2. Join words that are too long to fit on a line:


I really love being on holiday because my friends and family are all there. We love to go cycling, swimming and sailing and some-

times climbing too!


3. Join a prefix to its root word (not all prefixes do this) to make a new word.

re-cover (means to cover something again)


Using a hyphen with some prefixes can be important in making the meaning of the word clearer. Without the hyphen the word would mean something different:


recover (means to feel better again, or to find something)


happy girl


In this activity, we will be learning to use hyphens in these different ways.

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