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Dash Punctuation in Writing

DASH:

Proper use of the dash in writing helps to convey the precise message.

The dash is used:

a)      To denote a sudden change of thought.
 
Example:  

                   What he said was true—or so I thought.  

b)       To indicate a sudden break in a sentence.  
   
Example:  

         I can’t let them continue to—so many people would be hurt if they proceeded with this action. 

c)        In the place of parentheses.
  
Example:  

      They were all in agreement with the restructuring—even agreeing to the shortened lunch breaks—but if anyone tried to revamp their vacation time they claimed they would walk out.     

d)       As a replacement of the word to with reference to dates, sections, verses, etc.  
 
Examples:   

      •  2001-2004
      •  sections 8-10
      •  pages 112-134
      •  Genesis 11:5-8

 

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