Legal writing, Dash, Punctuation
Sturm College of Law
The dash is one of the most versatile punctuation marks. However, its very versatility makes it a mark to use with care. First, the dash should be distinguished from the hyphen. Al- though these two punctuation marks look similar, they differ both in form and function. In form, the dash is more elongated and does not appear as a separate symbol on most keyboards.
K.K. DuVivier, The Dash-“A Hasty Stroke of the Pen”, 25 COLO. LAW. 31 (Mar. 1996).
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