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    correct usage for dashes

    I am reviewing a writing from another person and need to know if the usage is correct for the dashes.

    His hands made pitiful attempts to push me away just like I had done the last time the time when he had been the hunter, and I the prey.

    I am taking a grammar class but have not covered dash usage.

    Thanks in advance for your answer. I appreciate it.

    Krislgreen

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    Re: correct usage for dashes

    Hello Krislgreen

    Try,
    His hands made pitiful attempts to push me away – just like I had done to him when he had been the hunter and I the prey.
    Take a look here. It's about how to use an em dash.

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    Re: correct usage for dashes

    Quote Originally Posted by krislgreen View Post
    I am reviewing a writing from another person and need to know if the usage is correct for the dashes.

    His hands made pitiful attempts to push me away just like I had done the last time the time when he had been the hunter, and I the prey.

    I am taking a grammar class but have not covered dash usage.

    Thanks in advance for your answer. I appreciate it.

    Krislgreen
    If you include a phrase between dashes, the sentence must make sense without that phrase.
    His hands made pitiful attempts to push me away the time when he had been the hunter, and I the prey. This doesn't make sense, so it's wrong.
    The problem is that you are using two single dashes correctly, but the two of them together make a different punctuation mark.

    The following would also be a correct alternative:
    His hands made pitiful attempts to push me away, just like I had done the last time the time when he had been the hunter, and I the prey.

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