When to Use a Dash in a Sentence

There are two main functions for the dash in standard English. They can either be a substitute for commas in order to separate a section of the sentence or to indicate a pause. Here are some examples that highlight both uses of the dash. “My two friends — Jimmy and Sarah — recently went on a date.” The dashes are used to display the extra information of the friends’ names, even though they were not needed. “Well, I think it’s better if — no you’re right.” In this example, the dashes are used to represent a pause when the speaker is having a change of opinion.


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Last updated: 03/13/2018
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