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What is the difference between an en dash and an em dash?

An en dash (–)

Is used in dates to replace “to” or “and”. It connects numbers and can also be used to illustrate the relationship between two different words.

I lived in Mexico from 1973–2004.

The London–Paris train leaves at two o'clock.

An em dash (—)

Used instead of commas, parentheses, or colons, the em dash is used for a break of thought, to set off an explanatory element.

The influence of three Mexican muralists—Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros—is obvious in his work.

An em dash may indicate a sudden break in thought and can be used where a period (or full-stop) seems too strong but a comma seems too weak. 

I once tried to do my own highlights—horrifying.

 

 

 

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