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Adjectives and Adverbs

Rule 8:
Never hyphenate after an 'ly' adverb.

Although hyphens are often used after adverbs, as in a well-written report, they are never used after 'ly' adverbs such as carefully and quickly. Notice the absence of a hyphen after the'ly' adverbs in the following sentences:

• He presented a thoroughly documented report to the city council members.
• The easily missed turnoff is just a mile from the main intersection.
• The carelessly typed report had to be returned to the word-processing center.

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