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Colons and dashes

Colons and dashes

Author: Ben Creagh

    Explain colons and when they are commonly used. 


    Explain dashes and when they are commonly used. 


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to use correct punctuation and who is confused about how to use colons and dashes. It will explain instances when it is appropriate to use colons and dashes according to style and audience. 

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The Colon

We will take a look at what a colon is, when it is used and give some examples

The Dash

This will explain how to use a dash and provide some examples.

Source: Glenn, Cherly, et al. Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook. 15th edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Thomson Wadsworth, 2004.