Why do we need to use correct punctuation? Because it is absolutely essential to writing and expressing ourselves properly and correctly. Everywhere from the workplace to writing emails, documents and even sending text messages, society will always endeavour to adhere to the social norms, that is, what we perceive to be correct. Correct usage and a basic understanding of the fundamentals of English punctuation concerning; apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, commas, dashes, full stops, questions marks, exclamation marks and quotation marks, will lead to an overall much more fluent, comprehensive and respected English. We should strive to meet the social, academic norms, and withstand from letting ourselves become accustomed to writing in English using incorrect and shabby punctuation. Down below, we’ll elaborate and explain with examples over the basic pillars of punctuation specifically targeting: dashes.

Dashes (-) – Informal writing 

Dashes are used in almost the exact same way as semi-colons, colons and brackets can be used, that is, to introduce another clause or sentence. 

  • I adored my time in Greece – without a doubt.
  • The Queen – who is always polite – showed her best.
  • The main objective of today – dashes.
  • The most enjoyed subject at school this year – mathematics.

Dashes (-) – introduce an afterthought 

We use dashes to introduce something of expectancy, sudden or after-thoughtful.

  • We spent two hours in class – with no chairs.
  • Thomas is a nice guy – at least, I think so.
  • We were having a fantastic time at the market – until Rob showed up.
  • Today we’ll be covering the present perfect in class – and past simple.

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