There are many uses of the en and em dash and also many ways to form these dashes using your computer. The following explanations offer the most common uses and methods for forming these dashes.
An en dash, roughly the width of an n, is a little longer than a hyphen. It is used for periods of time when you might otherwise use to.
The years 2001–2003
An en dash is also used in place of a hyphen when combining open compounds.
North Carolina–Virginia border
a high school–college conference
Most authorities recommend using no spaces before or after en or em dashes. To form an en dash with most PCs, type the first number or ...view middle of the document...
The en-dash (–) is one of the two types of dashes used in punctuation, the other being the em-dash (—). The en-dash is wider than a hyphen, but more narrow than an em-dash. The name comes from the dash being as wide as the letter ‘n’, hence the en-dash. An example of the en-dash is provided below:
Jack doesn’t find Sarah attractive – or so he says.
All politicians desire respect and power – some even achieve it – but it is easier said than done.
Like the em-dash, the en-dash is used to separate a sentence where there is an interruption that disrupts the flow.
Spacing and the en-dash
One rule that specifically applies to the en-dash is spacing. An en-dash should have a space on either side. The opposite applies to the em-dash, which should have no spacing on either side.
Should I use the en-dash?
As with many things, opinion is split between the em-dash and the en-dash. The en-dash has become more popular over the years, where traditionally the em-dash was the most common. People tend to prefer the en-dash is it looks cleaner and less heavy in comparison to the em-dash....