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Can the em dash replace the comma and semicolon in these sentences? For example, instead of "The original sign did not have terminal punctuation; thus, the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence", can we do this? (See below.)

  • The original sign did not have terminal punctuation – thus the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence.

  • The original sign did not have terminal punctuation – hence the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence.

  • The original sign did not have terminal punctuation – therefore the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence.

  • The original sign did not have terminal punctuation – as a result the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence.

  • The original sign did not have terminal punctuation – consequently the full stop goes outside the quotes to end the sentence.

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Yes. But I don't understand why you removed the commas in the examples with dashes.

Dashes can replace semicolons, colons, and ellipses, albeit are considered informal.

Note: they may also be used as parenthesis:--

My homework--all Math-, English-, and Science-related--is due tomorrow. *em-dashes have been used.

My homework (all Math-, English-, and Science-related) is due tomorrow.

My homework, all Math-, English-, and Science-related, is due tomorrow.

All are acceptable methods.

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