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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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What is the effect of using dashes between each word in a sentence?

In The Bluest Eye, there is a quote: Grown people frowned and fussed: 'You-don’t-know- how-to-take-care-of-nothing. I-never-had-a-baby-doll-in-my-whole-life-and-used-to-cry-my-eyes-out-for-them. Now-...
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Can I use a dash to replace a repeating verb?

In my language (Bulgarian) you can use a dash to replace a verb that you have already used in the same sentence. For example: The distance from London to Paris is 500km, from Paris to Munich — 850km, ...
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Should I use a comma or em dash before "including"?

Which of the following two versions is preferable, and why: This document applies to all systems, people, and processes that constitute the organization’s information systems, including board members,...
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Israel-Turkey or Turkey-Israel ties?

I recall back in college the teacher once noting that there is a rule for that. I've checked google and found both are used. Is there a rule for that?
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punctuation: the 20 to 30 year old age group

I'd like to know how "the 20 to 30 year old age group" is punctuated in standard English. "30-year-old" should be hyphenated. What about "20 to 30"? Any principles at work? I'd appreciate your help.
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Specific Semicolon vs. Dash Case

and thanks for taking the time to read my question. I was writing an essay not too long ago, and I ended up writing a sentence that goes like this: As people convert to higher-paid jobs the birth ...
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Should machine-stitch and hand-baste as verbs have a dash?

I'm wondering if anyone knows the correct way to write the following compound verbs: machine-stitch and hand baste? I found that machine-stitch as a verb has a dash, logic would tell that hand-baste ...
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How can I use a dash to interrupt a quote with an action?

A few times recently I've wanted to interrupt a line of dialogue with a non-dialogue interjection. Here are some examples. Alice argued: "Nobody knows what happened to the eggs last night. ...
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Hyphen and en dash usage in adjectives such as "human–animal"

I noticed a possible editorial error in Nature magazine concerning this. These two headlines here and here use en dashes and hyphens for the adjectives "human–animal" and "human-animal&...
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Should I use a suspended hyphen here? "A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it," or a "A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it"?

The title pretty much sums it up. Which of the following sentences is correct? "A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it." "A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it." Moreover, ...
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Using an en dash to separate a page and line range

When writing a range of pages and line numbers, would I use an en dash to separate the range, or is it more appropriate to use "through" in this situation? Refer to page 12, line 3–page 13, ...
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'Machine learning or robotics related' hyphenation?

How should 'Machine learning or robotics related technologies' be hyphenated? Machine learning[en dash] or robotics[hyphen]related technologies?
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colon or dash? punctuation

Please suggest the correct punctuation at points 1, 2 and 3 in the following sentence: If you had to write an article, for example, reporting on events in any institution which cares for people (...
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Punctuation in a Figure Caption (Abbreviation List)

I have question regarding punctuation in a caption of a figure. Lets say, for example, I have a figure that depicts a certain schematic. In the caption of the figure I want to list all the ...
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Do I use a dash or a semicolon here, or something else entirely?

Is it "In other words, you can compare my existence in the dating world with living in the Sahara--bone dry with the occasional oasis appearing" or "In other words, you can compare my existence in ...
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Can you use a dash to separate two complete sentences?

The term was from her party days - she always looked for a way to incorporate party slang into our lives. Should there be a dash there?
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