By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify the uses of dashes.
  • Correctly use dashes in sentences.

A dash (—) is a punctuation mark used to set off information in a sentence for emphasis. You can enclose text between two dashes, or use just one dash. To create a dash in Microsoft Word, type two hyphens together. Do not put a space between dashes and text.

Arrive to the interview earlybut not too early.

Any of the suitsexcept for the purple oneshould be fine to wear.


Key Takeaways

  • Dashes indicate a pause in text.
  • Dashes set off information in a sentence to show emphasis.


1. On your own sheet of paper, clarify the following sentences by adding dashes. If the sentence is clear as it is, write OK.

  • Which hairstyle do you prefer short or long?
  • I don’t know I hadn’t even thought about that.
  • Guess what I got the job!
  • I will be happy to work over the weekend if I can have Monday off.
  • You have all the qualities that we are looking for in a candidate intelligence, dedication, and a strong work ethic.