Separation of word at end of line
Other instances, however, require special consideration.
Avoid dividing the last word in a paragraph, or the last word of a page if it is necessary to jump the column to another page.
--A single-letter syllable should not be separated from the rest of the word.
If a final consonant is doubled before a suffix, the added consonant goes with the suffix. If the root word ends in a double consonant, divide it after the double letter:
--Do not divide words of one syllable.
--Avoid dividing words of five or fewer letters even if a word has more than one syllable.
idea tiny odium torso table
--Do not divide acronyms, contractions, or figures.
--Divide a word after the prefix rather than within the prefix.
--However, do not divide a word, even by syllables, when its division would confuse the reader.
Because of these special instances, an editor may have to rephrase a sentence in order to avoid an awkward hyphenation pattern, excessive white space, or cramped copy.
a first-quarter report, a bluish-green vest, a full-time job, a well-known man, a better-qualified director, a know-it-all attitude, a very good time, an easily remembered rule, a newly appointed director
In most cases, if the compound modifier comes after the noun, hyphens are not needed.
The report was due in Kenosha by the end of the first quarter.
However, if the modifier comes after a form of the verb "to be", the hyphen usually must be retained to avoid confusion.
The arranger is well-known.
Music services has sent a special packet of information to all small-chorus directors. (Without the hyphen, the sentence would imply that the directors are short.)
--Use a hyphen when it is necessary to spell out numbers larger than 10 (at the beginning of a sentence, for example) and when the first number ends in -y.