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This bright, appealing PDF writing worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using hyphenated words in KS2.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Create sentences for these hyphenated words.
  • Challenge
    How many hyphenated words can you create by putting together one word from each table?
  • Test
    Circle the underlined word or words to complete the sentences correctly. Add hyphens to the sentences where they are needed. Rewrite the description as a phrase which uses a hyphenated word.
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain why some words need to be hyphenated. Give examples.
  • Apply
    Imagine that you have just returned home after a day in the future. Write a recount of your time. Make sure to include at least three hyphenated words to show that you understand how they work and to avoid any ambiguity over what you have seen.

This 15-minute challenge features activities that include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

What is a hyphenated word?

Use a hyphen to join words or separate syllables of a single word. Hyphenated words show the reader that two or more elements in a sentence are linked.

When to hyphenate words

Hyphenate two or more words when they:

  • come before a noun they modify.
  • act as a single idea.

Hyphens can be used to avoid ambiguity (eg ‘man eating shark’ versus ‘man-eating shark’, or ‘recover’ versus ‘re-cover’).

Hyphenated words list of examples

check-in, empty-handed, get-together, in-depth, know-it-all, one-sided, runner-up, warm-up

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Using hyphens to avoid ambiguity

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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