The Colon or the Dash

Margie Wakeman Wells The Colon, The Dash Leave a Comment

There is a place where the rule for the colon and the rule for the dash overlap, in other words, a place where each one is correct.

…There are several things to consider: money outlay, time spent, manpower involved.
…There are several things to consider — money outlay, time spent, manpower involved.

In this instance, it is really best to opt for the colon since the dash is so prevalent for interruptions. It is a chance to use the colon correctly and avoid having one more dash in the transcript.

Happy punctuating!


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