Happy (Writer) Wednesday, good people!
Today's post is to hopefully clear up a common punctuation mark mistake. (I'm guilty of making this mistake, that's why I felt it necessary to share my research results.)
Dashes and hyphens. which is which?
RELATED: 3 ways to use hyphens with words.
First, let me start by saying that dashes are longer than hyphens and there are two types: en dash and em dash. Em dashes are the longest of the three punctuation marks and can be typed by combining two hyphens if there isn't a keyboard option for em dashes. Additionally, em dashes are used to separate information within a sentence. In some cases, they can be substitutes for commas and parentheses. For example:
All of George's children--Halian, Henry and Huck--were raised in Compton, California.
Notice that I used two hyphens (a bootleg em dash) to separate and clarify a portion of the sentence in the above example. Read More