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Dashes

A dash is written as two hyphens typed together, with no space before or after either word.

1. Use a dash to set off information which you want to emphasize at the end of a sentence.

This is one way to handle an afterthought.

Example:  More than anything, Joan wanted a family — and her biological clock was ticking.

Note: Some Word programs are now designed to automatically change a doubled hyphen into a dash.  In the formatting lists, this mark is called an “M dash”.

2.  Use a pair of dashes to insert information which you want to emphasize into a sentence.

Even a whole sentence can be inserted into another sentence in this manner.

Example:  The same is true of writing a paper — you have to do it because of the teacher — but where and how do you begin?

3.  Use a dash before a list much as you use a colon, but for stronger emphasis.

See Colon Rule #2 above.

4.  Do not overuse dashes.

 

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