That's very handy -- for a reference! Thank you!
I love dashes almost as much as I love semi-colons. That is to say, a lot. :D But I had a middle school teacher who forbade me to use dashes in my academic writing because, she said, "most people don't know how to use dashes correctly". I was both offended and delighted-- offended that I had to remove all my beloved dashes, but delighted that at age 13, I already knew how to use an item of punctuation that eludes "most people". Of course, I now know that she was wrong... sigh...
Next lesson...ellipsis! :)Christi Corbett
I never know what I am going to use sometimes. I just throw things around and then never know if they are right or not. This will help out for future reference. Thanks for the post!
Okay - I think you guys must be WAY smarter than me... because I posted that quote in a sarcastic voice (maybe I need to work on *that*). I found this quote NOT very helpful. Guess I need to go re-read those pages, again.
Thanks for this explanation. I read your previous posts too and know that I have to watch out for my BUTS.
I've definitely started using the dash in my writing more frequently, but there were years and years when I didn't realize how effective it is.
I love dashes! Emdashes, endashes...they're good tools in a writer's chest.
I've used more dashes since I started my writing degree. Now I know exactly what they're used for!Thanks for following over! I went to follow you and discovered I already was! HA!Enjoy the Challenge!Jen
"Reading, writing and eating" Love it, I share your passion. Add traveling to that. I am posting "Eating" tomorrow. Interesting blog - looking forward to the rest of your A - Zs'!
Thanks for explaining. I'll probably keep using everything incorrectly!Thanks for the follow!Mary Montague Sikes
But just wait until you use an en dash when your editor wants em dashes....gotta learn that too.
I love to use dashes. Thanks for the heads up and am looking forward to tomorrow's read. Hugs,Kathy
A dash here in there is just the ticket. I had a boss once who used the dash all the time. He would get very upset if I substituted a comma or colon for his beloved dash.