Hyphen, En-Dash, Em-Dash

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Reference | No Comments

It’s confusing unless you understand the difference. It’s also tricky to find from Adobe programs or even MS word because there are so many other symbols.

Here’s an easy way:

  • A hyphen indicates breaks within words that wrap at the end of a line: To type, press the hyphen
  • An en dash joins numbers in a range: To type, press “option-hyphen” at the same time.
  • An em dash often works better than commas to set-apart a unique idea from the main clause of a sentence: To type, press “shift-option-hyphen” at the same time.


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