What is a dash example?
A dash is a little horizontal line that floats in the middle of a line of text (not at the bottom: that’s an underscore).
It’s longer than a hyphen and is commonly used to indicate a range or a pause.
The most common types of dashes are the en dash (–) and the em dash (—).
Why would dashes be used in a sentence?
The dash (—) is a mark of punctuation used to set off a word or phrase after an independent clause or a parenthetical remark (words, phrases, or clauses that interrupt a sentence). “A dash is a mark of separation stronger than a comma, less formal than a colon, and more relaxed than parentheses.”
How do you use dashes and hyphens?
A hyphen joins two or more words together while a dash separates words into parenthetical statements. The two are sometimes confused because they look so similar, but their usage is different. Hyphens are not separated by spaces, while a dash has a space on either side.
How do you use double dash in a sentence?
Double dashes are used instead of commas (or parentheses) to interrupt a sentence. The phrase separated by dashes must be grammatically inessential, by which I simply mean that the sentence will still work without that phrase.