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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Oct 1, 2013 11:52 AM

Post by Beverly Terry on October 1, 2013

Thanks so much for this course; I'm learning a lot.

I watch the lesson, take notes, then study, and that is why I have to backtrack to ask questions.

Regarding the em dash in dialogue: can it be used after a period, question mark, or exclamation mark?

Dashes, Hyphens, Ellipses, & Parentheses

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  1. Intro
    • Lesson Overview
      • Hyphens
      • Rules for Hyphens
      • Ellipses
      • Dashes
      • En Dashes
      • Em Dashes
      • Parentheses
      • Practice
        • Practice Answers
          • Intro 0:00
          • Lesson Overview 0:12
          • Hyphens 0:32
            • Hyphens Connect Words together into Compound Nouns, and are Not Dashes
          • Rules for Hyphens 1:04
            • Refer to a Dictionary
            • Phrases with Different Forms should be Separate as Verbs and Together as Nouns or Adjectives
            • Compound Verbs are either Hyphenated or Appear as One Word
            • Hyphenate Between Two or More Adjectives when Before a Noun and are Single Idea
            • Hyphenate Adverbs Not Ending in -ly that are Used as Compound Words in Front of Nouns
            • Use Commas, not Hyphens, between Two Adjectives when you can Insert 'and' between Them
            • Hyphenate Compound Numbers and Spelled-Out Fractions
            • Attach Prefixes and Suffixes Without Hyphens
            • Hyphenate Prefixes before Proper Nouns
            • Hyphenate Prefixes to Avoid Doubled 'a' and 'I'
            • Hyphenate All Words Beginning with 'self' except 'Selfish' and 'Selfless'
            • Use Hyphens with the Prefix 'ex-'
            • Use Hyphens with 're-' when 're-' means 'Again'
          • Ellipses 10:34
            • Ellipses Mark Where Words have been Omitted from Quoted Passages
            • Use No More than Three Marks when Omission Occurs in Middle of a Sentence or Between Sentences
            • Use Ellipsis Marks after the Last Punctuation Mark when Omitting Paragraphs
          • Dashes 12:12
            • Em Dashes Show Pause or Digression in a Sentence
            • En Dashes Show Connections Between Two Equivalent Things
          • En Dashes 13:36
            • Use En Dashes for Periods of Time Instead of 'to'
            • Use En Dashes to Combine Open Compounds
          • Em Dashes 14:43
            • Use Em Dashes Sparingly in Formal Writing
            • Em Dashes in Informal Writing May Replace Commas, Semicolons, Colons, and Parentheses
          • Parentheses 16:18
            • Use Parentheses to Enclose Words or Figures that are Used as an Aside
            • Use Parentheses to Enclose Numbers or Letters Used for Listed Items
            • Periods go Inside Parentheses only if an Entire Sentence is Inside the Parentheses
          • Practice 17:57
          • Practice Answers 18:56