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The dash ( – ) - Easy Learning Grammar

A spaced dash (i.e. with a single space before and after it) is used:
  • at the beginning and end of a comment that interrupts the flow of a sentence.
  • Now children Kenneth, stop that immediately! open your books on page 20.
  • to separate off extra information.
  • Boots and shoes all shapes, sizes and colours tumbled out.
An unspaced dash (i.e. with no space before or after it) is used:
  • to indicate a range.
  • pages 2642
  • between two adjectives or noun modifiers that indicate that two countries or groups are involved in something or that an individual has two roles or aspects.
  • SwedishNorwegian relations improved, the United StatesCanada free trade pact
  • a mathematicianphilosopher
  • to indicate that something such as a plane or a train goes between two places.
  • the AnguillaSt Kitts flight
  • the New YorkMontreal train

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