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hyphen vs. en dash vs. em dash

writeness:

quick editing tip for you all! 

there are three dashes used in writing: the hyphen (-), the en dash (–), and the em dash (—). i see them misused all the time, so here’s a tiny crash course!

hyphen: simple. tiny. used to join two words together. examples: non-removable, middle-aged, absent-minded

en dash: width of the letter n. used to show a range between things. probably won’t be used much in your prose. examples: 1985–1990, Thursday–Saturday, A–Z

em dash: width of the letter m. generally used to break up clauses or show interruption. i like to use these when im not sure if a semi-colon is appropriate. examples: “Wait—” // I couldn’t see—it was far too dark. // I was cold—freezing, actually.

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mac shortcuts: en dash (alt+hyphen) // em dash (alt+shift+hyphen)

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    skipped the tree this year but still made a damn fine turkey

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    a healthful halloween snack

    almost 1 year ago

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    about 1 year ago

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Music

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