Monday: Em- and En-Dash

Grammar Tidbit

Em-Dashes and En-Dashes get their names from the length of dash they represent.

An Em-Dash (—) is the same length as the lower-case m. Just to be sure, let’s compare them:

| — |

| m |

An Em-Dash is used for emphasis, an interruption, or an abrupt change of thought.

He was the killer—Annabelle’s killer—and we never knew.

Put it here—on a coaster.

“Will you take out—” “I already did.”

I wonder if Lizzie—what’s for lunch?

An En-Dash is the same length as the lower-case n. Here’s the comparison:


| n |

An En-Dash is used as a substitute for the word “to” in time to time instances. It is also used in place of a hyphen with open compounds.

The Spring Set runs AprilJune.

The hermit lives on the AdamsJefferson County border.

If you have questions, please post below!



And here’s the proper way to write this: EVERY TIME I see somebody spell a word wrong, I look down at the keyboard TO see how close the letter is to the letter THAT’S SUPPOSED to be there [NO COMMA] to see if IT’S socially acceptable to misspell said word.

Just English

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