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13.19: Dashes

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  • A dash (—) is a punctuation mark used to set off information in a sentence for emphasis. You can enclose text between two dashes, or use just one dash. To create a dash in Microsoft Word, type two hyphens together. In Google Docs, go to the "Insert: menu and choose "Special Characters."  Then type "dash" into the search box and select a dash. You can also set your preferences in Google Docs to replace two hyphens with a dash. 

    Do not put a space between dashes and text.

    Arrive to the interview earlybut not too early.

    Any of the suitsexcept for the purple oneshould be fine to wear.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{1}\)

    On your own sheet of paper, clarify the following sentences by adding dashes. If the sentence is clear as it is, write OK.

    1. Which hairstyle do you prefer short or long?
    2. I don’t know I hadn’t even thought about that.
    3. Guess what I got the job!
    4. I will be happy to work over the weekend if I can have Monday off.
    5. You have all the qualities that we are looking for in a candidate intelligence, dedication, and a strong work ethic.


    Adapted by Anna Mills from Writing for Successcreated by an author and publisher who prefer to remain anonymous, adapted and presented by the Saylor Foundation and licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

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