Example sentences for: dashes

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

  • 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.

  • The same holds for other dividers, such as colons, dashes, hyphens, and blanks.

  • 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 ...

  • The larger point is that's it's all dashes and ellipses, skipping lightly along the surface of both Jackie's career and Hilary's noncareer, and wanton in its exploitation of both Elgar and MS to generate pathos and awe.


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