Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program, PacRim
Use figures: The story is continued on page 48. Turn to page 72 to find out who was killed.
part time, part-time
Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: She works part time. She has a part-time job.
See Numbers, percent, percentages.
Follow Webster’s New WorldCollege Dictionary. Hyphenate if not listed there. Some words without a hyphen: postsecondary, postgraduate, postseason.
It may be used but it is no longer capitalized because the agency is now the U.S. Postal Service.
The rules in prefixes apply. The following examples of exceptions to first-listed spellings in Webster’s New World College Dictionary are based on the general rule that a hyphen is used if a prefix ends in a vowel and the word that follows begins with the same vowel: pre-election, pre-eminent, pre-empt. Otherwise, follow Webster’s New World College Dictionary, hyphenating if not listed there. Some examples: prearrange, prehistoric, prenatal.
Generally do not hyphenate when using a prefix with a word starting with a consonant. Three rules are constant, although they yield some exception to first-listed spellings in Webster’s New World College Dictionary:
A first performance or showing of a play, film, etc.
First in importance or rank; chief; foremost.
See Capitalization, president also Titles, occupational titles.
Principal is a noun and adjective meaning someone or something first in rank, authority, importance, or degree: She is the school principal. He was the principal player in the trade. Money is the principal problem. Principle is a noun that means a fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating force: They fought for the principle of self-determination.
Use a hyphen when coining words that denote support for something: pro-abortion, pro-business, pro-labor.
See Titles, occupational titles.