Using Dashes

Your writing, at its best.

Be the best writer in your office

Using Dashes

A dash is a long horizontal mark twice the length of a hyphen. On most typewriters and computers dashes are represented by typing two hyphens.

Dashes are emphatic. They are nearly like emphatic parentheses.

To be effective, dashes, like exclamation points, should not be overused.

Dashes indicate an abrupt change of thought.

Sometimes they set off a clause or phrase for emphasis or dramatic effect.

Examples:

Change of thought: I loved the dinner last night–have you you ever been to Chez Louis?

Set off statement for emphasis: Punctuation marks can be confusing–commas, dashes, hyphens, colons!

Bonus tip:  Want to make sure your writing always looks great? editorr can save you from misspellings, grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and other writing issues on all your favorite websites. 

Get More Writing Tips Here!

We have compiled hundreds of writing tips. Check them out!

SHARE THIS POST

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Want more writing tips?