Hyphenation

 

Hyphens (-) are used to link words or parts of words, for example ‘pre-hospital care’, ‘long-term’ or
‘the eleven-year-old children'.

 

We don’t use suspended hyphens; so write
‘16 to 18-year-olds’, rather than ‘16-18-year-olds’.

 

Never add a hyphen or dash to a colon. There’s no need for it.

 

There is no space between the hyphen and the words or parts of words that are being connected.

 

At St John Ambulance we hyphenate only where strictly necessary. Below is a list of words that we hyphenate and those we do not.

 

We never hyphenate a word across two lines of text, so the following would be incorrect:

 

Every year, we provide hundreds of thousands of peo-
ple with the skills to be the difference between a life lost and a lost saved.

 

Specific words or terms that take hyphenation, as well as those that don’t, are listed below:

 

Hyphenated Example/exception
award-winning  
log-in and
log-on

'Type your details into the log-in field'

Exception: 'log in' and log on remain as two words when referring to the action of loggin on/in, eg. 'Please log on to our site by typing your details into the log-in field.'

long-term

'This is a long-term project'

Exception: when referring to something being 'more likely to happen in the long term', the phrase remains as two separate words

e-learning Please note that ‘email’ has no hyphenation
e-newsletter Please note that ‘email’ has no hyphenation
follow-up

'I sent you a follow-up email'

Exception: 'I would like to follow up on your email'

off-site and
on-site

 ‘We can deliver both off-site and on-site workplace training’.

Exception: ‘the meeting will take place off site’

out-of-hours  ‘Please call our out-of-hours number’
pre-agreed  
self-confidence  
self-employed  
self-esteem  
short-term ‘This is a short-term project’

Exception: when referring to something being ‘more likely to happen in the short term’, the phrase remains as two separate words

stand-alone  
T-shirt  
work-related  
Z-card  

 

 

Not hyphenated Example/exception
ad hoc  
bloodstained  
cooperate/cooperation  
coordinate/coordinator  
day to day  
door to door  
email  
face to face  
frontline ‘Our frontline volunteers’

Exception: when referring to being ‘on the front line’, ‘front line’ is presented as two separate words

full time  
healthcare Please note although the acronym for ‘healthcare professional’ is ‘HCP’, ‘healthcare’ remains one word
life support  
life saving  
life threatening  
mouth to mouth  
North East/North West, etc.  
no one ‘No one should die because they needed first aid…'
not for profit  
one to one  
offline and online  
part time  
peer to peer  
sign off and sign up  
step by step  
teamwork  
time to time  
up to date  
vufoil  
website  
well known  
workplace  

 

 

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