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A dash can show an interruption, or parenthesis in a sentence.

Dashes are often used in pairs, but a single dash would be used if the interruption appears at the end of a sentence.


The interruption will tend to be more aggressive than when brackets or commas are used.

For example,

The damage to the house - and there’s no doubt it was intentional - will cost thousands.

The dashes interrupt the flow of the sentences.

The dash we’ve been discussing is an em dash, but we can use an en dash to show sequences:

an A-Z of London


Your Turn…

1. What is a dash?
A punctuation mark
A long run
A type of word

2. What does a dash do?
Places an interruption in a sentence
Marks the end of a sentence
So ideas are clearly linked

3. How many dashes usually appear in a sentence?
Seven or eight
Five or six
One or two

4. What are the names of the two types of dash?
An dash and am dash
Who dash and me dash
Em dash and en dash

5. Which of the following sentences uses a dash correctly?
The jury has reached its verdict - guilty.
The jury - has reached its verdict guilty.
The jury has reached its - verdict guilty.

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