By Luis, Susy & Keziah
What is a Dash?
The Three Formats for Dashes
Sentences using the three formats for Dashes
This sentence uses em dashes.
We waited for the bus -- in the cold, driving rain -- for almost an hour.
This sentence uses the double hyphens, but we’d only use them if we were writing on a machine which didn't have an em dash. Even when handwriting, an em dash is naturally used.
Can you count out twenty-six dollars, please?
This sentence uses an en dash.