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Word creates a dash when you use the hyphen key
twice. I'm using Komposer to create this page and don't have that
option, so imagine a majestic dash where you see my measly, little
1. You can use a dash to show you're interupting your main stream of thought.
The artichoke--I really hate artichokes--is a vegetable that's popular in the East.
2. Use a dash in the same way
you'd use a colon when the second independent clause explains or gives
an example of the first.
The show Emergency was a hit in the 70's and had a strong influence on my brother--he decided to become an EMT.
3. Use a dash to put a spotlight on an appositive with or without a phrase. The dash throws a brighter beam than the colon.
It was then that she decided on her dream man--David Hasselhoff.