Example sentences for: dashes

How can you use “dashes” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • A design in the form of a small cross that is tattooed on the left hand, between the thumb and forefinger, with lines, or dashes, radiating out from it.

  • This work was Parkes' magisterial Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West , a book that at last stripped the cloak of anonymity from the important work of commas, periods, dashes, colons, semicolons, and countless other full- and part-time functionaries.

  • As Lola dashes by, the camera revolves around her mother's room, then swoops in on a TV screen where a cartoon Lola is flying down a circular staircase past a neighbor's barking dog and out into the street, where she's live-action again and ready to run for her boyfriend's life.

  • The Wall Street Journal flags this story in its front-page news box, with its headline saying that the Senate's consensus "dashes Clinton's hopes" for making a deal and avoiding a trial.

  • A letter to his editor at Grove Press: "I cant possibly go on as a responsible prose artist and also as a believer in the impulses of my own heart and in the beauty of pure spontaneous language if I let editors take my sentences, which are my phrases that I separate by dashes when I 'draw a breath,' each of which pours out to the tune of the whole story its own rhythmic yawp of expostulation, & riddle them with commas, cut them in half, in threes, in fours, ruining the swing ...


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