Eliminating confusion on hyphens & dashes, thanks James!
Hyphens and dashes are two distinctly different punctuation marks and a proper understanding of each will avoid embarrassing mistakes in your writing. Will anyone get MURDERED as a result of using the wrong one in the wrong place? No, but their proper use is part of the process that makes a writer stand out as exceptional. Use them erroneously and your publisher might just KILL your story without reading further.
There are actually three distinct types of dashes: one is the commonly used Hyphen, and the other two are called the En Dash and the Em Dash. Let’s take a separate look at these for a better understanding of how and when to use them.
The Hyphen: This literary device, a short dash, is used in three areas of punctuation to link words or parts of words together.
They can be used to join compound words (like…
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