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health care

Two words in all instances (per AP).

He’s pushing for health care reform.


Use H-E-B in reference to specific stores and for corporate offices.

Hemisfair Park

Site of the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68. The City of San Antonio altered the spelling in December 2015.

Hemisfair Campus

In 2009 UTSA’s third campus, home to the Institute of Texan Cultures, was officially renamed the HemisFair Park Campus. This was shortened to Hemisfair Campus in December 2015 to align with City of San Antonio usage. The name of the museum remains the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

Hill Country



One word, lowercased. This is the first, or front, page of a website.

hotspot/hot spot

Use one word when referring to an area where computer can connect wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Two words when referring to a popular place.

Go to the nearest hotspot to connect to the Internet.
The UC is the hot spot on campus.


Refer to Webster’s 11th Edition to check for hyphenation. Also, Chicago’s 15th edition has a guide for hyphenation of compounds, combining forms and prefixes under section 7.90.

A compound modifier is usually hyphenated when it comes before the noun but not after it:

She directs their computer-assisted mail services. Almost all of our services are computer assisted. Those are graduate-level courses. That course is graduate level. He is a much-appreciated worker. His diligence is much appreciated.

EXCEPT when the first modifier ends in -ly:

  • The highly organized administrative assistant was deeply respected.
  • The strangely-dressed man appeared lost.

Modifying phrases containing numbers tend to be hyphenated before, but not after the noun:

a three-hour tour
a 150,000-square-foot building
a 5-year-old child
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the U.S.

BUT The tour was more than three hours. The child is 5 years old.

However, when the modifying phrase involves money symbols or percentages, neither takes hyphens in any position:

a 9% increase in costs
$2.5 million gift

Use a suspended hyphen when a base word or a suffix or prefix is implied a second time:

second- and third-year law students
UTSA-owned and -operated computer store
on- or off-campus housing information

Use this construction even when, standing alone, the word would not be hyphenated:

macro- and microeconomics

EXCEPT when the first expression is ordinarily open:

applied linguistics and sociolinguistics

Many words beginning with common prefixes are not hyphenated.

extracurricular, interlibrary, midyear, minicomputer, multicultural, nondegree, postdoctoral, semicolon, socioeconomic

Hyphenate words when the second element of the word starts with a capital letter or precedes a hyphenated phrase:

non-degree-granting program

(BUT nondegree)

Hyphenate school grade designations as nouns and adjectives:

first-grader, 10th-grader, a fourth-grade pupil

BUT He is in the first grade.

Do not use a hyphen to designate dual heritage (an exception to AP style):

Mexican American students
African American

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