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Thursday, December 29, 2011

... and em-dashes

When using ellipses and em-dashes, here are a few tips:

Ellipses run into the next word, whether they are in the same sentence or not, unless you're using dialog.

For example:

The cat was sneaky...and persistent when it came to getting the people's dinner.

The cat ate everything he could...He even devoured salad.

The cat talked in a mumble... "Rawl, raaawl..."

Em-dashes are made by typing a letter, then adding two dashes. - and -

Then you simply add another letter.

Something I see a lot with em-dashes is a backward quote. You can fix this by typing the em-dash, then a letter, then the end quote and deleting the letter.