How to use the different sorts of dashes

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_189Here is a quick summary of how to use the 3 different types of dashes. Just so we are all clear what they look like:

  • Hyphen: short & fat.
  • En dash: about twice as long & thinner, named because it is the same width as the letter N.
  • Em dash: twice as long again, and named after the letter M due to its width.

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