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20.7: 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. Do not put a space between dashes and text.

    Arrive to the interview early—but not too early.

    Any of the suits—except for the purple one—should be fine to wear.

    Exercise 12

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

    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.

    Key Takeaways

    • Dashes indicate a pause in text.
    • Dashes set off information in a sentence to show emphasis.
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