O1: Dashes

O1: Dashes: Use dashes appropriately for pauses or emphasis.  See Writing for Success Section 3.7 pp. 123-124 or the following: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/dash.htm


Use a dash to indicate a pause.

“I’ll have four cheeseburgers and­­­­­­­­­­­­— I can’t remember the order.”

“Francine— We need to talk.”


Use dashes for emphasis.

His mission was clear — win the presidency.

Because Leopold had his new mission — to save the butterflies — he began collecting donations again.



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