The Dash

Margie Wakeman Wells The Dash 2 Comments

Bill and I are in Falmouth, MA, this morning on Cape Cod, enjoying a little down time. The Massachusetts reporting group had a great convention this weekend, and I was privileged to be a part of it. I did my two sessions on the dash and colon; so I am going to repeat it here over the next few days. …

The Dash

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Just the basic rules for the dash. It is the third one that many people don’t always remember. There are three basic reasons to use a dash:1. broken sentence structure (This is where the interruption fits.)2. full sentence dropped into another full sentence…I want to read to you from — can you hear me? — your deposition on May 5.…I …

Trailing Off

Margie Wakeman Wells The Dash 2 Comments

English calls for the dash for trailing off — a sentence that got started that did not get finished. Many, many reporters are using the ellipsis. When the person uses but before he trails off, there is no comma before but because there is not an independent subject and verb after. When a person uses so before he trails off, …

Interesting Construction with Dashes and Questions

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Dash, The Question Mark 4 Comments

This is a sentence I was asked about on Facebook. And I have it correctly punctuated here. Have there been any major stressful events in the last year that you can think of — divorce? someone, a family member, dying? a major change in your work? — that has caused additional stress? There are dashes around the suggested answers for …