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Chapter 16. Punctuation: Commas Are Our ... > Not Separated at Birth: The Dash and... - Pg. 166

Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 166 We're gonna get some spaghetti. Do you know if she's ready?" The father felt this one was okay, so off the two kids went. The final young man arrived and the farmer opened the door. The boy began, "Hi, my name's Chuck ..." and the farmer shot him. Not Separated at Birth: The Dash and the Hyphen (and Let's Add the Ellipsis for Fun) The dash and the hyphen are like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito: confused so often they are taken for each other. But like these two fine actors, the dash and the hyphen are not the same, no sireee. · A hyphen is one click on the keyboard: ­ · A dash is two clicks on the keyboard: -- · An ellipsis is three spaced periods: ... Strictly Speaking You could make it through life fine and dandy without a dash, but you'd be the poorer for it. Like argyle socks, the dash shows flair and style. It creates rhythm and emphasis in your writing. Therefore, the dash is twice as long as the hyphen. That's not all; the dash and hyphen have totally different uses. Not to mention the ellipsis.