The dash, dashes, and using dashes in English writing--Today's Free English

Lesson on MyEnglishTeacher.net
--------------------

/* "Thanks for helping me get the A+.  I'm going to grad school!" --Simon
D., UCLA*/ /  The Web site just for English students      * July
10th, 2013 11:36am      * /

click here to return to MyEnglishTeacher.net homesign up for FREE English
lessons, FREE updates and news, and great offers for English students!visit
our online TOEFL Help Centerhave an English teacher correct your essay,
composition, report or any other type of writinghave a professional correct
or write your resume and cover letter!see past lessons that have appeared
on MyEnglishTeacher.net!see this week's FREE English lessonclick here to
enter the LIVE chat roomclick here for great resources for teachersbuy
textbooks and English books at great prices!contact us--we'd love to hear
from you! 

*Looking for something?*




 

 

 

 

/see the answers now! /

Welcome to this week's writing lesson from

 MyEnglishTeacher.net

*You Look Dash-ing!  **

*Lesson Topic: Using Dashes (—) in Writing

Take a look at this sentence:

The first thing the lazy employees did when they arrived at work—besides
slowly drinking their coffee—was to turn on their computers so the boss
would think they were busy at work.

Look at the two dashes (—).  Is there anything else the writer could
have used instead of the dashes?  It is possible for the writer to have
used commas (,) instead of the dashes.   Since the writer could have used
commas, why did she choose to use dashes?  That's a great question!

This leads us to another question: What is a dash and when should we use
it?  

The definition of a dash is probably best summed up by the


Source: www.myenglishteacher.net/dashes.html


when are dashes used


How to Use a Dash in an English Sentence (with Examples)

--------------------
wikiHow - How to do anything
Sign Up or Log In or Log In via

Follow us on Pinterest

Home Articles Community My Profile

Edit

· Home
· » Categories
· » Education and Communications
· » Subjects
· » English
· » English Grammar
· » Punctuation

** How to Use a Dash in an English Sentence **

Edited by BangDROP, Julia Maureen, Bo, Dlpn and 46 others

Pin It
Article
Edit Discuss

Do you use a dash a lot? What about a hyphen? Many people can't tell the
difference between them. Some people even think they are the same thing. If
you are one of them, check this out and master the dash.

'); } else { document.write('

*Steps*

-Dash Usage Hints-

Proper Dash Usage




-Using a Dash-

1. 1
*Know the kinds of dashes*. A dash is noticeably longer than a hyphen.
There are several different dashes, but the most commonly used are the /en
dash/ (–) and the /em dash/ (—). They are so named because they are the
same width as the small letter /n/ and capital letter /M/, respectively.


'); } else { document.write('

· The /figure dash/ is a special typographical character most often used
in phone numbers. Since it's normally unavailable in word processing, you
can simply use a hyphen. (*Example*: 408‒555‒6792, or use
408-555-6792.)
· An en dash (–) is most commonly used to indicate a range of numbers.
It is longer than a hyphen although a hyphen with spaces surrounding it can
be used if a dash is not available. In Microsoft Word, doing this will
automatically change the hyphen into an en dash. (*Example*: August
13–August 18, or pages 29–349. Note that there should


Source: www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Dash-in-an-English-Sentence

© 2005-2018 HaveYourSay.org