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    I think it's not much of an issue in BrE- it seems to be taken more seriously in other variants.

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    Default Re: Russia and China - two of ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think it's not much of an issue in BrE- it seems to be taken more seriously in other variants.
    I agree. I had not heard of em and en dashes until I joined this forum. On the rare occasions I put pen to paper, I have always used a longer line for the dash, but when I type I have always used the - for both. Like ems and Tdol, I use spaces before and after a dash - like that.

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    Default Re: Russia and China - two of ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree. I had not heard of em and en dashes until I joined this forum. On the rare occasions I put pen to paper, I have always used a longer line for the dash, but when I type I have always used the - for both. Like ems and Tdol, I use spaces before and after a dash - like that.
    I remember learning about em and en dashes both when I learnt to type and when I did my proofreading course. However, I don't remember my old manual typewriter having separate keys for the two (although it might have and I've just forgotten). Computer keyboards certainly don't though. Like 5jj, when I write by hand, the two are clearly different lengths but I still leave a gap either side of the dash, and not of a hyphen.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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