Re: Using M-dash and N-dash

Subject: Re: Using M-dash and N-dash
From: Solveig Haugland <solveig -at- techwriterstuff -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 07:22:41 -0700

Hi Abhijit,

The Chicago Manual of Style is an excellent reference for this type of thing and ohhhhh so many other issues. ;>

In section 5.106 of the 14th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, one usage of an em dash is in the middle of a sentence. Here's an example.

The cookies were there--looking at her beguilingly--but she steadfastly refused to eat them.

[in this example I'm using two hyphens as an em dash]

The coverage in section 5.106 continues through 5.119, covering all sorts of dash issues including en dashes.

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Abhijit Sinha wrote:

> Hi,
> Can you please explain the differences in the use of M-dash and N-dash? Also
> please let me know if there is any difference between legal english and
> normal english (American or British). Please suggest.
> Regards,
> Abhijit Sinha,
> Senior Executive-Technical Documentation,
> Newgen Software Technologies Limited,
> D-152, Okhla Phase-I, NewDelhi-110020.

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