how to split words

Discussion in 'English Only' started by radioclash19, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. radioclash19 Senior Member


    I am working on a translation and I need to split two word for editorial design purposes, but I don't know the rules in English to do that. The words are:


    In Spanish, it could be encoura-ges and genera-tion. Is it the same in English?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Well, they have more than two syllables. En-cour-a-ges. Gen-er-a-tion. So you could split it "encour-ages" and "gener-ation" if you want to split the words in the middle.
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    Just a note -- many dictionaries, including online dictionaries such as, will show you where the word can be split by indicating each syllable:

    For example, here is the way "encourage" is listed at

  4. radioclash19 Senior Member

    Thank you both. The tip will be very useful!

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