Spell correctly. 



Incorrect Example

Correct Example

a) Do not split compound words.  Don’t combine words that shouldn’t be compounded. 

your self

my self



b) When two or more words function as an adjective, connect them with a hyphen.  

a well-known attorney

an all-knowing god

a self-confident boy

a self-help book

a long-suffering wife

a state-of-the-art gym

a ten-year-old car

same-sex marriage

c) Capitalize, hyphenate, and spell consistently. 

People disagree about a few English rules; choose a way and stick with it. 

The romantic period or the Romantic Period? 

The 1900s or the 1900s? 

Eggs, toast, and bacon?  Or eggs, toast, and bacon?