The dash is a family of punctuation marks which are not part of a word, but resemble long hyphens in appearance.

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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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Em dash and quotes

While I toss up between the em dash and the en dash, I am consistent throughout one document. However, one thing I have noticed when using the em dash is that when I write something like: Firstly, ...
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/ and - (want to know correct usages of them, so that I can create a new concept)

I am creating a concept, which is about how mature people are as good citizens. In the context of a particular essay I am writing, I am emphasizing that citizens need to know both the political system ...
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Semicolon vs dash

I'm writing a book, and one of the sentences is as follows: "They are the same today, even though it’s been nearly three weeks since I left this place-three weeks since I left the place I called ...
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ACT English question regarding dashes

From what I know, dashes are used to separate non essential clauses that adds further description to an object. This question confuses me. The correct answer is J but why? If you replace it with J, ...
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Dash or parentheses in bulleted list

I have the a bulleted list with one of the bullets having additional things listed within it: .....including: - Bulk purchase and distribution of essential coffee inputs to members - fertilizer, ...
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Is the usage of this semicolon correct? Should I replace it with a colon or dash?

I am getting ready to have my first tattoo and, as a fairly strict grammarian, I want to make sure that I get it right. I plan for the tattoo to look like the following, but I'm not totally sure about ...