Presentation on theme: "UWF Writing Lab. The hyphen (-) is used to separate parts of a word. The dash (–) is used to separate parts of a sentence. (Note: The dash can be represented."— Presentation transcript:
The hyphen (-) is used to separate parts of a word. The dash (–) is used to separate parts of a sentence. (Note: The dash can be represented by two hyphens.)
I have told you everything I know-nothing has been omitted from my account. Whatever may be your pleasure-seek no further, friends-you have come to the right place! Boy, I love being single-parents, I feel for you-because I don’t think I’ll ever get married and have kids. Please find a place to sit-down on the left there-and we can get started.
I have told you everything I know— nothing has been omitted from my account. Whatever may be your pleasure—seek no further, friends—you have come to the right place! Boy, I love being single—parents, I feel for you—because I don’t think I’ll ever get married and have kids. Please find a place to sit—down on the left there—and we can get started.
To separate the parts of a compound adjective or noun a well-written document a thought-provoking story out-of-state students out-of-shape people a five-year-old boy (BUT: The boy is five years old.) secretary-treasurer student-teacher ratio work-study program inner-city schools jack-in-the-box mother-in-law
To set off certain prefixes well-being well-preserved self-conscious self-employed all-purpose ex-minister ex-husband anti-intellectual pro-American
To add emphasis Studies—published and unpublished—are included in the portfolio. I promise I will make it to your birthday party—as long as you save me some cake!
To digress from the main clause All of my classes this semester—chemistry, English, calculus, psychology, and physics—are really pushing me to my limit. The last contestant—two hours late—finally made it to the competition. (This sentence is an example of digression and emphasis.)
The dash can be represented by two hyphens (--). Microsoft Word will automatically turn two adjacent hyphens into a dash. Microsoft Word will also turn one hyphen into a dash if you enter the following keystrokes: SPACE, hyphen, SPACE. This dash (–) is a little shorter than the long dash, but it is still longer than the hyphen.
NOTE THE USE OF THE HYPHEN AND THE DASH IN THE SNTENCE BELOW: " To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family--while remaking the religious right in her own image" (Lisa Miller, June 21, 2010 Newsweek).