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Expressive Punctuation: Em dashes

Introduction

Introduction

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at how we can use dasheslike theseto add emphasis, examples or interruptions in a train of thought.

Whatever the reason, it seemed that just about everyone in Welch—men, women, boys, girls—liked to fight.

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Find the em dashes in these next few snippets.

My parents were anxious to put me in a good school with no distractions—like boys.

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Mom and Dad had no money for braces, of course—none of us kids had ever even been to the dentist—but since I'd been babysitting and doing other kids' homework for cash, I resolved to save up until I could afford braces myself.

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