#justforfun I am not #grammarnazi, [Lesson of the day:], It was a busy day yesterday


#justforfun I am not #grammarnazi
[Lesson of the day:]
It was a busy day yesterday. I was em dashing all over the place the whole day only to realise that I should have been en dashing at some places.
Life was much easier when all I knew was hyphen.
[Explanation:]
Everyone has come across hyphen, em dash and en dash. Only pro writers know they exist.
There are 3 types of dash based on the length of the dash. The shortest is the hyphen and the longest is the em dash. They are used for different purpose in writing.
1. Hyphen is used for terms that consist of more than one word, eg. free-for-all
2. En-dash is used to show a range (numbers, dates, times). eg. from page 11–15 (there should be no space beside the en dash)
It can also be used to show connection/conflict, eg. the Trump–Hillary debate, the East–West MRT line
3. Em-dash is usually used to emphasise a point. eg, You need to have two qualities to be Dean’s friend — authenticity and intelligence.
Unfortunately, em dash is more versatile. It can also be used in a few other instances. But I am too busy dashing around to explain here.
People always only use hyphen in their writings because en-dash and em-dash don’t appear on the keyboard. You need to use symbols function or shortcut keys.
Mac shortcut keys:
En-dash : option/alt + hyphen/minus sign
Em-dash: “option/alt + shift + hyphen/minus sign”

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Mohd Ghazali

September 17, 2017

Interesting. Now I know what to label them as.

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Dean Loh

September 17, 2017

I’ve been using em dashing and hyphen. Just didn’t know en dash is that useful too!

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    Dean Shams

    February 7, 2017

    Now you can be more dashing 😉

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Dean Shams

September 18, 2017

Now you can be more dashing 😉

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Yasmin Nadima Khan

September 17, 2017

Interesting! I’ve used all but didn’t know they had names! Lol! Thx for this!

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    Dean Shams

    February 7, 2017

    LOL everything has a name

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Dean Shams

September 17, 2017

LOL everything has a name

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Evonne Ong

September 17, 2017

Uh huh. Once I started editing, I started wondering and checking up about such minute details, like the LENGTH of dashes and the CORRECT SPACING btwn them (good grief!). There is no spacing between em dahses btw. And a good rule is to use parentheses, commas, semicolons, and colons instead of em dashes in formal writing.

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    Dean Shams

    February 7, 2017

    I share your occupational hazard. 🙂

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    Evonne Ong

    February 7, 2017

    It irks me and I was suprised by the little details and questions that would come to mind. But all in all, a great learning process 🙂

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Dean Shams

September 18, 2017

I share your occupational hazard. 🙂

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Evonne Ong

September 18, 2017

It irks me and I was suprised by the little details and questions that would come to mind. But all in all, a great learning process 🙂

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Alex Choy

September 18, 2017

Hmm… teacher dean. Is street smart a 2 word of 1 word – streetsmart or need a hyphen Street-smart? Hehee

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    Dean Shams

    February 7, 2017

    Its more like an en-dash that went to visit an em-dash only to find out that he was out with hyphen. So he went home as two separate words. < the answer is hidden in there

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    Dean Shams

    February 7, 2017

    Em-dash is street smart. His streetsmarts help him avoid the annoying en-dash.

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    Anis Mohamed

    February 7, 2017

    Talk-cock.

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Dean Shams

September 18, 2017

Its more like an en-dash that went to visit an em-dash only to find out that he was out with hyphen. So he went home as two separate words. < the answer is hidden in there


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