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Probizwriters' Education Series - Part IV


Dear David,

Here's the fourth in our common business-writing mistakes series-em dash, en dash, or hyphen? Most business writers don't pay attention to these three distinct dashes, but this short set of rules shows you when each is used and why getting it right matters. Your copy and message will be improve, as you boost professionalism.

Hope you enjoy this installment No.4.   

Stay tuned for series article 5:
  • Overusing or misusing "buzzwords."
To help our readers, we've presented "how-to" detail on three other common writing problems in recent weeks. If you missed them, please take a look:



Three Dash Types Commonly Misused or Unused

It's clear that these three dash types don't get the respect they deserve­­­-as indicated by the fact that many of you are wondering what the heck I'm talking about.


Yes, it's true. Three different dashes, each with distinct uses:


- Short (the hyphen or dash)
- Medium (the en dash)

- Long (the em dash) 


Getting these dashes right is important, even though it seems a minor punctuation detail not worth bothering over (and most writers don't). Proper use of the em dash, en dash, and hyphen distinguishes you as a competent writer and expands your expressive options. Unfortunately, many business people have little time to parse such detail, and frequently, in fact more often than not, don't bother.  


That's why we assembled this easy list of usage rules for the lowly hyphen and dash.


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Watch for the last installment of our Top-Five business-writing problems soon.
Thanks for reading. We hope you find this business-writing information useful.
David Speaker,
Executive Editor
Probizwriters, LLC
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