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