Hyphens and Dashes | thsliteracy

Hyphens and Dashes
It’s easy to get confused between the hyphen (-) and the dash (–).

The Hyphen

Where should the hyphen be put to make these clearer?

Father to be stabbed to death in bar

30 odd members

Old furniture dealer

A little known city

Recovered the sofa

David Crystal describes the hyphen as “the most unpredictable of marks.” It can however remove ambiguity from a sentence (see examples above).

A hyphen is the shorter mark that is often used to link two or more words together. It can also be seen at the end of a line to break up a whole word that won’t fit into the…

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