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  1. Adenosine Triphosphate

    Adenosine Triphosphate Old Scratch Contributor

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    Punctuation Em Dash Powers

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Adenosine Triphosphate, Jan 26, 2015.

  2. Wreybies

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    I use it often when posting in forums, as a stronger parenthetical interjection, but it's not something I use in my writing. I don't have a negative opinion of using it. I just don't use it myself.
     
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    I use it to interrupt dialogue, but I don't have much use for it where a comma will do. It's doesn't bother me seeing it used by others. Not many writers overuse it that I've seen.
     
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    I'm using em dashes because my protagonist couple tend to complete each other's sentences a lot, but I don't really like them. They look too blinking long. I wish there were something between an en and an em.
     
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    I use it informally- like this- but I dislike it in any formal writing.
     
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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    I have three sizes, a dash - , an en dash – , and an em dash — . You can also adjust the size using a different font with wider or narrower ems.
     
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    I'll have to see if I can change fonts in my Find and Replace. ;)
     
  8. NewEnterprise

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    I like using the dash.

    I probably don't use it much in my stories or whatever, but it can be useful sometimes - such as when I write on forums like this one :p

    (Easiest way to actually use it was in a dodgy sentence like that one hahaha)
     

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