Grammar Lesson: Italics, Hyphens, and Brackets
- Use italics (or an underline) for the titles of the following:
- books (Brain Games)
- comic strips (Pogo)
- full-length plays (The Crucible)
- long poems (The Aeneid)
- magazines (Sports Illustrated)
- movies (The Sound of Music)
- newspapers (New York Times)
- ships and planes (U.S.S. Constitution, The Spirit of St. Louis)
- television and radio programs (Law and Order, All Things Considered)
- works of art (Pieta)
- to syllabicate words at the end of a line of typing or writing. Divide words of two or more syllables ONLY between syllables. Do not divide single-syllable words.
- to separate portions of certain compound nouns, such as father-in-law and editor-in-chief.
- between two words that comprise a single adjective (only when these words precede the noun that they are describing). Examples include moth-infected clothing and rosy-cheeked elf.
Note: If a word that comprises a single adjective ends with -ly, a hyphen is not necessary. (The rudely behaved spectator was spoken to by the usher.)
- The reporter told the audience, "The New York Mets' first world championship  was memorable for all New Yorkers."
- William Shakespeare (known as the Bard of Avon [1564–1616]) wrote many comedies, histories, and tragedies.
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