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    the use of dash (--) in a sentence

    I understand dash, or --, is sometimes used as interruption in a sentence, but am not sure if I used it correctly in the following sentence.

    This highlighted the pitfalls of interpreting realism as simply a measure of accuracy, or worse--sophistication.

    What I want to express is that accuracy or sophistication is not what realism is all about. But of the two, misintepreting realism as a measure of sophistication is considered worse. So have I used the correct punctuations?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: the use of dash (--) in a sentence

    I wouldn't use it there. I'd keep with the comma and repeat the "as."

    "... or (even) worse, as sophistication."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the use of dash (--) in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Spetsnaz26 View Post
    I understand dash, or --, is sometimes used as interruption in a sentence, but am not sure if I used it correctly in the following sentence.

    This highlighted the pitfalls of interpreting realism as simply a measure of accuracy, or worse--sophistication.

    What I want to express is that accuracy or sophistication is not what realism is all about. But of the two, misintepreting realism as a measure of sophistication is considered worse. So have I used the correct punctuations?

    Thanks in advance.
    I wouldn't use a dash here either. You could use a dash as follows:
    This highlighted the pitfalls of interpreting realism as simply a measure of these two concepts -- accuracy, and worse, sophistication.
    That's a slightly awkward sentence, but it keeps 'accuracy' and 'sophistication' together, and is a correct use of a terminal dash.

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