Hyphens and Dashes Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: 11-12.2.A

Core Standard

These forms of punctuation often just look like some decoration on the page, but they have substantial uses. Hyphens (-) are used to join two or more words or parts of words. This helps clear situational thoughts on words because the hyphen tells you they are together. Hyphens also help compound words to be properly pronounced. Dashes ( - ) have the opposite effect of hyphens. Dashes have spaces between themselves and the words they separate. They are used in informal language and tell you that things are separated. These worksheets will help students start to use dashes and hyphens regularly in their writing.