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Teacher Tips and Answers

Using Dashes

sitting on planet

The dash (—) is a versatile punctuation mark. These are its main uses:

 

To Emphasize an Idea

One topic fascinates Marissa more than anything else, space.

One topic fascinates Marissa more than anything elsespace.

       (The dash creates a longer, more dramatic pause than a comma or colon.)

To Set Off Information—especially information that already includes commas

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