a. Do not divide words pronounced as one syllable.
WRONG thr-ee cl-own yearn-ed scream-ed
REVISED three clown yearned screamed
b. Do not divide a word so that a single letter stands alone on a line.
WRONG wear-y e-rupt a-way o-val
REVISED weary erupt away oval
c.When dividing a compound word that already contains a hyphen, make the break
only where the hyphen occurs.
AWKWARD pre-Dar-winian well-in-formed Pan-Amer-ican
REVISED pre-Darwinian well-informed Pan-American
d. Divide compound words only between the parts.
When possible, divide words with suffixes or prefixes between the parts.
COMPOUND WORDS snowmobiles(snow-mobiles) headache(head-ache)
PREFIXES misinterpret(mis-interpret) disengage(dis-engage)
SUFFIXES resentment(resent-ment) joblessness(jobless-ness)
e. Do not divide figures, abbreviations, or contractions.
WRONG 36,-000 YW-CA NA-TO were-n't did-n't
REVISED 36.000 YWCA NATO weren't didn't
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資料來源：Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers (Ch.45)
When only part of a word will fit at the end of a line, divide the word between
syllables and use a hyphen to indicate the break. Always place the hyphen at the
end of the line after the first part of a divided word, not at the beginning of
the next line on which you complete the word.
When you are in doubt about the syllabication of a word, consult a good dic-
tionary. Desk dictionaries normally use dots to divide words between syllables:
bank‧rupt, col‧lec‧tive, ma‧lig‧nant, punc‧ture. Note that not every syl-
lable marks an appropriate point at which to divide a word at the end of a line.
If a word cannot be correctly divided between syllables, move the entire word to
the beginning of the next line.