Making The World Better One Em Dash At A Time

Thursday, September 01, 2011 12:31
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Making The World Better One Em Dash At A Time

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Em dashes are important. They help you express a thought in writing more effectively. But many people misuse them. Here's a brief guide to making you a better em-dash user.

Em dashes pose questions. Do you need to insert spaces before and after an em dash?


Clearly, the world has problems bigger than em dash usage, and em dashes are little more than a grammatical oddity.

However, knowing how and when to use em dashes will make your writing more professional.

This presentation is not about hyphens or en dashes. Hyphens connect words; em dashes separate ideas.
 
And then there are en dashes, which are slightly as wide as the letter n. En dashes are wider than hypens but not as wide as an em dashes. They are used in defining periods of time. Instead of using "to,"  for example, you could write 2001–2003. 
 
Personally, I prefer using the word to
 
Em dashes, my main concern today, are used to abruptly change thought in mid-sentence.
 
Please comment to let me know if you want more grammatical  advice like this.
 
While I enjoy telling you about em dashes, you may prefer hearing more about technology or investing.
 
Please let me know what you want me to research and write about.

 

 

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Comments (5)

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cblackman
Professor Gluck,

Yes, help us be better communicators! Few things are more important to the success of a planner than communication skills. Appropriate and accurate use of grammar and punctuation is essential. Thanks for the lesson - keep them coming.

CMB II in Kingwood, TX
cblackman , September 02, 2011
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mcolgan
I like these tips Andy. Little things that people are not really sure about and often misuse.
mcolgan , September 02, 2011
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successful71
I appreciate the information. I agree that as advisors we need to put our best foot forward in all we do but especially with communicating effectively. Thanks.
successful71 , September 02, 2011
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Searcy
Good stuff. Perhaps a lesson on the use of the semi-colon would be useful?! Or a lesson on email emoticon etiquette? Refreshers and tips on communication are always helpful!
Searcy , September 02, 2011
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Patricia
I'd like to know if the use of the ellipsis is ok...

I tend to do it a lot if I'm trying to make a point with a bit of humor.
Patricia , September 02, 2011

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