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Use em dash to emphasise the following phrase

Is it grammatically correct to use an em dash to add emphasize to the next phrase/word? Here's how I would usually use it Some are carpenters — some are dentists. I want to emphasize "some are ...
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Interpunct, hyphen, en dash, em dash, which one for address separation?

I've read about hyphen, en dash, em dash. (nice guide here https://www.thepunctuationguide.com/index.html) And also interpunct https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct I don't know what to use in ...
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Use of comma before the words “irregardless”, “where” and after a period in time

I'm unsure as to whether or not to include a comma within the two sentences outlined below (I've bolded the specific sections). In the first sentence, I have a feeling a dash might be more appropriate....
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Using punctuation within a question to create a pause

Is it possible to create a long pause (confusion) in the following question. 'You're maybe wondering how could that be. That she is considering running away?' Between 'be and that', I was ...
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Where and how should I place the punctuation marks in this sentence?

[James] Iris did not have a job—unless panhandling could be considered one—in which case, he was wholly employed. How would you place and/or rearrange the punctuation marks in this sentence? I've ...
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using comma within the appositive

If you have a list of items separated by commas, can it be used as an appositive if you separate it from the rest of the sentence by yet another by comma? Here's an example: The factory produces ...
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Should I use a hyphen, an en dash, or an em dash to define or introduce a word? [closed]

I have looked up online and studied usages for the hyphen, en dash, and em dash. I still haven't found an answer if I can define words with a dash in English. The backstory on dashes defining ...
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Is it acceptable to place a comma after the em-dash in this sentence? [duplicate]

Due to financial struggles brought on by marital struggles—or perhaps it was the other way around—, the family had to forsake it as the bank foreclosed on it. I normally wouldn't place a comma, but ...
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Colons vs Em dash ?

The designer envisions the game’s fundamental elements: the settings, characters, and plots that make each game unique, and is thus a primary creative force behind a video game. A) NO CHANGE B) ...
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Mixing em-dash and comma

My current understanding of the em-dash is that it can be used in place of parentheses or commas to provide emphasis, e.g. "Tom, who was a very nice person, walked slowly across the grass." "Tom (...
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What should I use when introducing dialogue, hyphens, en-dashes or em-dashes? [closed]

I have always use the hyphen when introducing dialogue. -I love skating, but I'm not very good at it. But I have recently been educated about the existence and use of en/em dashes. Now, I think I ...
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Should we use an em dash, en dash, or semi-colon

A sentence is causing some discussion in the office - it's about a Nylon product. We are not sure if we should use an en-dash, em-dash, semi-colon, or something else entirely. I thought an em-dash was ...
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Comma and em dash in one sentence [closed]

I have this sentence: "If global levels of hydroxyl decrease, global methane concentrations will increase-even if methane emissions remain constant." Should I use a comma after "increase" or keep it ...
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In a sentence that is not a part of interrupted dialogue, can a period come after a terminal em dash?

I've looked up The Chicago Manual of Style and the terminal Em dash in interrupted dialogue is never followed by a comma or period--this is meant to indicate a sudden interruption like this: "I ...
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Comma/period/em dash before the term “that way”?

Like, should you put a comma/period/em dash before the term "that way"? Like this, for example, with a comma: "Let's go to bed, that way we can be well-rested in the morning." Or this with a period:...
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Punctuation confusion, commas, semicolons, and em dashes

I'm having a hard time trying to punctuate the following sentence. I have it using just commas right now, but I do not think that is right. On Earth they see the Sun every day, it’s always there, ...
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em dashes and question marks

Would it be correct to use the question mark as it is written in the following sentence? "If your cousin invites you to visit—and why would he not?—I will expect your return after only nine days."
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Em dash and list of things [duplicate]

I've searched everywhere before asking this question but I couldn't find an answer to my specific question: "In spite of all the problems in life—lack of education, poverty, unemployment— John always ...
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Question marks and multiple clauses between em dashes? Capitalization?

Suppose a sentence like this: The same museum guard I foiled last month was stomping over. Evidently, something about my disguise didn't pass muster — maybe it was the wig — but I managed to cut a ...
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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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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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Hyphenation Query (Compound words hyphenated alongside adjectival phrases?) [duplicate]

Not sure if I've correctly titled this query; my grammatical lexicon is severely wanting. The phrase in question is from a short story, and is as follows: "More likely a second—floor-apartment ...
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The Em Dash: Afterthought or Added Emphasis?

Whenever I read a piece of writing that includes an em dash, I'm unsure wether to read it as an afterthought or added emphasis. Here's two examples I made: The em dash being used as an afterthought: ...
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Combining m-dash and comma

I am editing something that has an appositive phrase surrounded by m-dashes. But the thing that gets the em-dash phrase in it is the first item in a list. I feel like I need a comma, so that it's ...
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Use of two em dashes or em dash and comma in appositives embedded in lists [closed]

I like dogs, cats—which are hairy—and hippos. or I like dogs, cats—which are hairy, and hippos.
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Parentheses or colon inside em-dashes?

Should I use a colon, parentheses, or none of them to introduce the word "Arabic" in the following sentence? I am passionate about languages —including my native one: Arabic— and a fan of accuracy ...
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What dash should be used for attribution of authorship? [duplicate]

Say I want to mention an author and their work, i.e. The Beatles—Abbey Road or Herman Melville—Moby Dick, which dash should go betwixt the two? This question has been marked as a possible duplicate ...
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Which punctuation would be used here? [closed]

I am wondering what punctuation would be used if you are telling the reader to look at a certain thing, and then telling them what they will see. Would it be "...transcript: You..." or "...transcript-...
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Should I use em dash, comma, or a semicolon in this sentence?

"It was established the day my best friend introduced us to each other, much to my delight, and his chagrin." or "... each other—much to my delight, and his chagrin." or "... each other; much to ...
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What are the correct ways to use the long dash (em-dash)?

So I've seen these (—) used a lot in writing (mostly in fiction), but I'm still unsure of the correct way to use them. I've seen them used to define something. I have several things in my backpack —...
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Colon use, em dash, or comma [duplicate]

What is the proper way to punctuate this sentence? Colon, em dash, or comma? Eating at a homeless shelter since March has provided me with a look into the thoughts of other people: both the ...
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The use of Em Dash within quoted speech

I am wondering if I can use the em dash with a quote. If I can use them, I am curious of whether it would mean that the writer is telling the audience that information, or if it means that the person ...
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Does the em-dash replace a subordinating comma?

If it were not for em-dash, we would no doubt keep the subordinating comma: "It was only to be expected that Troy should fall — and fall emphatically, its very location effaced and, for millennia, ...
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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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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, ...