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Difference between medium and long sized hyphen? [duplicate]

Is there any difference between a 'long' and a 'medium' sized hyphen? (I don't think so, but I am just checking to make sure) We all know the very short line, namely, the 'dash': - Then there is ...
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What is the correct way to refer to someone during when they previously held a different rank/position/title?

Many public officials have accomplished much over the course of their careers, having served in various capacities over the years. For example, Leon Panetta represented CA's 17th district in the ...
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The em dash, and correct usage in the sentence that follows [duplicate]

As I walked through the channel — I knew it was over. Is this a correct usage of the em dash?
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What kind of dash should I use to end dialogue abruptly? [duplicate]

My character is trying to speak,but she is interrupted by another character. Here is what I am trying to say. “I no longer care!” Leah was upset with her cousin, and she didn’t know why, but she had ...
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Dash after the prefix “non”

Is the hyphen that we often see in words such as "non-zero", "non-trivial", etc. optional? In case the answer is negative, is there any rule of thumb on which one may rely in order to recall when ...
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How is a dash used in English [duplicate]

Is a dash used between words in word combinations like fill up? Or is it fill-up?
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How to punctuate interrupted dialogue [duplicate]

What is the best way to punctuate interrupted dialogue? I have seen it done like this, but I am not sure if it is correct. "In my opinion the best w--" "Nobody is interested in your opinion," Fred ...
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What is the most appropriate punctuation in the example sentences: colon, semicolon, or other?

First off, I apologies for the redundancy of this question. I am aware that there are already several questions dedicated to the use of colons and/or semicolons. However, non of the questions I saw ...
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Is this use of en dash legitimate? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, how do you understand the en dash? Our findings are very interesting from an international viewpoint – business tourism. Is the use of the en dash appropriate here? ...
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Is a hyphen or a dash longer? [duplicate]

Can anyone confirm if the hyphen or dash is longer? Which one is longer than the other and which one is the shorter?
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En dashes and shortened year ranges [duplicate]

I understand that typically an en dash ( – ) is used when presenting a range of numbers. For example, when representing a range of years such as "1990 – 2000." My question pertains to instances in ...
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Hyphens with “vs.” and “versus”… with time frames as well, such as a.m. and p.m

Are hyphens needed on each side of "vs." and "versus" below? And are hyphens required/needed on each side of "to" with the phrasal adjective involving time in the last example? They are phrasal ...
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Rules on hyphenating phrases

I see a ton of questions on hyphenated words, specifically, but nothing on the more general question how/when they're supposed to be used vs omitted. Another great answer gives some general rules on ...
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Using em-dash instead of parentheses and commas [duplicate]

Let's say I have the following sentence: "I didn't like the cake (the cookies were better), but I absolutely hated the egg rolls." Would it be grammatically correct (and colloquially okay, to someone ...
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Why are there multiple kinds of dashes in the English language?

At our writing disposal are a preponderance of short straight lines: Hyphen - En dash – Em dash — minus sign − Horizontal bar ― Figure dash ‒ ...

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