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em dash vs. en dash

There are two similar but distinct punctuation marks called dashes: the en dash () and the em dash (). In appearance, an en dash is slightly longer than a hyphen ( - ), approximately the width of a capital N, while an em dash is slightly longer than an en dash, approximately the width of a capital M (hence their names).
When we refer to dashes, we are usually referring to em dashes, as they are the more common punctuation mark of the two. However, it’s important to know the different ways that each mark is used.
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en·dash

or en dash  (ĕn′dăsh′)
n.
A symbol ( - ) used in writing or printing to connect continuing or inclusive numbers or to connect elements of a compound adjective when either of the elements is an open compound, as 1880-1945 or Princeton-New York trains.

[From its being the width of an n in printing.]

en dash

(ˈɛnˌdæʃ) or

en rule

n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a dash (–) one en long

en′ dash`


n.
Print.
a dash one en long.
em dash, en dash - The em dash is the long dash used in punctuation whose length is based on the width of the letter M; the en dash is shorter (the width of an N) and the hyphen is even shorter.
See also related terms for punctuation.
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There are three en dashes but only the first dash-sentences can be called fully formed complex sentences; the others are parenthetical add-ons to fill in more information.
Once I locked in on the difference between en dashes, hyphens, and em dashes, I found that, as with other roles in MLA, the satisfaction comes from working with gifted colleagues who generously give of their time and expertise, in this case for the excellence of its premier journal Notes.
We explain how quotation marks, hyphens, and en dashes could be used in policy discussions about "work-life balance," thereby encouraging productive dialogue that lead to "better equipment for living" (Brummet, 1984, p.
Ultimately, we proposed three language behaviors that can prompt more productive dialogue about "work-life balance" in organizations: quotation marks, hyphens, and en dashes.
Surely readers of the DHLR noticed that two ofmy quotations from the letters feature two-space, closed em dashes (by--and) although Lawrence always used single-space, open en dashes (by - and).
The treatment of em and en dashes alone would be enough to send the master typographer into a state of despair.
In chapters on punctuation, you learn about making real quotation marks, as opposed to ditto or inch marks; the rules for using apostrophes; and the differences between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes.
The copy editors should have imposed more consistency in things like capitalization of titles in the bibliographies and the use of en dashes throughout (mostly not used).
Yet, the workbook does not discuss fonts, smart quotes, em and en dashes, boldface, italics, leading, and so on.