Jared Aragona

Dashes: Use dashes appropriately for pauses or emphasis.


Use a dash to indicate a pause.

“I’ll have four cheeseburgers and­­­­­­­­­­­­—I can’t remember the order.”

“Francine—we need to talk.”


Use dashes for emphasis.

His mission was clear—win the presidency.

Because Leopold had his new mission—to save the butterflies—he began collecting donations again.

The MLCKRB (Master List Code Key and Rule Book): An English Grammar & Style Handbook by Jared Aragona, CC BY 4.0


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