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A dash is a horizontal line, not to be confused with a hyphen.

The are two types of dash.

  • The en-dash (the width of the letter n)
  • The em-dash (the width of the letter m)

The en-dash is used unspaced for ranges of years.

19972021

A spaced en dash can also be used as an alternative to brackets, for an aside.

It’s a long way further than you’d imagine from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Some usage of these dashes are country-dependent.

In British English …

An em-dash is used to indicate interrupted dialogue.

“Oh! Jeremy, what are you doing? Is that a knife—“

In US English …

The em-dash is used unspaced as an alternative to brackets, for an aside.

It’s a long way—further than you’d imagine—from Lands End to John O’Groats.