Grammar, Punctuation

Hyphen: do you know these uses?

The hyphen is a punctuation mark that is sometimes underrated. For some writers, it is only used to form some compound words, so they leave it at that. The hyphen may sometimes be confused with an en dash or em dash, but they are different. Also read Em dash: the regular dash Let’s look at…

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Grammar, Punctuation

En dash: the tricky dash

The en dash (or en rule) is shorter than the em dash, longer than the hyphen, and different from both in usage. It is said to have derived its name from the length of a lower case ‘n’. Also read Em dash: the regular dash Uses *It is used between different periods of time to…

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Grammar, Punctuation

Em dash: the regular dash

The em dash (—), or long dash, is probably the most versatile punctuation mark because it can be used in place of a comma, parenthesis or colon. This dash is the popular dash, the longer of the two dashes (en dash and em dash). An em dash is twice as long as the en dash…

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Grammar, Punctuation

Semicolon: understanding the uniqueness

The semicolon (;) is a unique punctuation mark, but while some consider it the most feared punctuation mark on earth, it is not unfathomable. Problems might arise from confusing this mark with the colon or other punctuations if we do not understand how it is used; however, this post will simplify it. Specifically, a semicolon…

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