Punctuation Marks: Dash

  • Post last modified:January 26, 2021

A dash indicates a break in thought or the addition of information within a sentence or at its end. A dash is typed using two hyphens (although most word-processing programs can be set up to automatically insert a dash when you type two hyphens). There is no space before or after the punc- tuation mark.

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Punctuation Marks: Hyphen

  • Post last modified:January 26, 2021

Hyphens are used to join two or more words that are used as a single unit, to join continuous numbers, to connect some prefixes and suffixes with their nouns, to divide words at the end of a line, to link two last names, and to avoid confusing or awkward word constructions.

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Punctuation Marks: Semicolon

  • Post last modified:January 25, 2021

A semicolon represents a stronger break than a comma but not as complete a stop as a period or colon. Semicolons are used to separate independent clauses in a variety of special circumstances. They also serve to group items in a series when the items contain internal punctuation.

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