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Dashing Through December

Posted by Terri Porter   Dec 17, 2015 5:00:00 AM

“On Dasher, On Dancer …” Dashing through the snow. Dashing to the store to buy that last-minute gift. Adding a dash of nutmeg to the eggnog. Wearing a dashing get-up for the holiday party. December is downright dashing. Guess what today’s post is about?

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Topics: em dash, en dash, dash, hyphen

Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes

Posted by Melissa Weber   Sep 11, 2009 1:00:00 AM

As part of our online proofreading services at ProofreadNow, we often correct dash length in documents. Most people use the shortest form of a dash, the hyphen, for everything-not realizing that there are actually three different dash lengths and that each has a specific usage (like the em dash in this sentence). The purpose of this post is to give you an overview of the hyphen, en dash, and em dash as well as when to use each one.

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Topics: hyphenation, dashes, em dash, en dash

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