Hyphens with Prefixes

A prefix is an affix (such as anti-, post-, pre-, re- and so on) attached to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning. The most common prefix in technical documentation is re-.

The prefix re- is added to verbs to indicate the repetition of an action or process, to refer to an action or process that is opposite to the one already mentioned, and to express a change in the position or state of something. For more information, see the Collins Dictionary.

Use a hyphen with the prefix re- only if both the following conditions are met at the same time:

  • You want to indicate the repetition of an action or process.
  • Omitting the hyphen causes confusion because the word acquires another meaning.

Also, use a hyphen with a prefix if the prefix ends in the same letter that the root word starts with.

Examples

  1. For security purposes, re-type the password at the Enter Credentials step.

For security purposes, retype the password at the Enter Credentials step.

  1. You can re-scan a storage system added to the backup infrastructure.

You can rescan a storage system added to the backup infrastructure.

  1. In some cases, you may need to migrate the VAO server to another machine or re-install it using existing databases.

In some cases, you may need to migrate the VAO server to another machine or reinstall it using existing databases.

  1. If you recreate a location, Veeam Backup & Replication will create an object with a new ID in the database and consider it to be a new location.

If you re-create a location, Veeam Backup & Replication will create an object with a new ID in the database and consider it to be a new location.

  1. You must reenter passwords for all credentials records to make sure that backup infrastructure components and jobs work properly after you complete configuration restore.

You must re-enter passwords for all credentials records to make sure that backup infrastructure components and jobs work properly after you complete configuration restore.

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