In my thesis, I want to thank my friend "XY". So I was wondering if it is correct to write the following:

Lastly, I want to express my most profound appreciation to the person who was there for me emotionally and mentally while supporting me from the day we met - XY.

Now I want to know if it is correct to write her name after the dash in this sentence? Or if writing creates any ambiguities.

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    Please do use a dash and not a hyphen, though.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 11, 2022 at 14:06
  • Sometimes you see at the end of a statement something like "—XY", meaning that the statement is signed by XY. In fact, look after this comment to see such an example
    – GEdgar
    Jul 11, 2022 at 16:20

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Yes this is correct, it refers to the "person who was there for [you]" clause. There are no ambiguities here.


Formally, you would want to thank

... the person who was there for me and supported me: XY.


... the person who was there for me and supported me, XY.

A dash following an epigram should be an em dash, and normally precedes an attribution. For example,

XY, you were always there for me and supported me. Never say never again. — Bond007

Em dashes may be used internally, so there could be some ambiguity. For example,

. ... to the person—XY—who was always there for me and supported me.

I wouldn’t write this sentence with a final phrase set off by an em dash, however. That is more the function of a colon or comma.

  • In the question, the name comes before the period. It is not a dash following an epigram, but a dash as part of an epigram.
    – xyldke
    Jul 11, 2022 at 15:46
  • I think this answer shows that there is some ambiguity. My first instinct was also to see the dash as part of an attribution.
    – xyldke
    Jul 11, 2022 at 15:49

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